Moe Even Uses Tragedy To Promote Tourism

John Denver plane
20 years since the pop performer plunged at Point Pinos.

Add to the list of Stupid things Moe Says:

“I was there within five minutes when they pulled him out – when the national news was here,” recalled Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce President Moe Ammar, about the incident. “As much as I hated to admit it, that put P.G. on the map.”

Even now, Ammar said he gets inquiries on a weekly basis from people who come in to the Chamber looking for where Denver’s plane went down.

Moe Even Uses Tragedy To Promote Tourism

New Tsunami Map Shows Who Goes

Cannery Row, John Denver’s plaque, Michelle Knight’s house and other mini mansions on Ocean View. Kiss ’em goodbye.
Tsunami map

Catastrophic waves could flood as far inland as Window on the Bay Park in Monterey and almost to the intersection of Fremont and Canyon Del Rey boulevards in Seaside, according to new maps by the California Geological Survey, California Emergency Management Agency and University of Southern California.

The new maps replace an older set that shows even greater potential tsunami damage, with flooding almost to North Salinas. “It’s actually a rosier scenario,” Yenovkian says. “Once you have the extent of the tsunami threat analyzed, you can prepare for it.”

New Tsunami Map Shows Who Goes

John Denver Memorial Dedicated

“We have been lobbying with Pacific Grove City Council for 10 years to get this memorial plaque,” Cynthia Doe, the group’s president, said today. “We felt it was the right thing to do for the right reasons.

The beachside dedication ceremony that began at 11 a.m. was followed by a reception.

For those wondering just where the plaque ended up at, check back soon. LighthouseAvenue.com will locate it if it truly exists, and hopefully before the Angry Old People attempt to hide it . . .

Update – All hints say that it will be on the small beach in a turnout, where vigils are held. A piece of driftwood with the singer’s name carved in it is in the approximate location.

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John Denver Memorial Dedicated

One Man Faction Against John Denver Memorial

John Denver plane

“It’s going to [cause] parking problems, traffic congestion at that corner,” Peter Alene told council members . . . This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the plane crash that killed the singer. He was flying an experimental aircraft Oct. 12, 1997, when he crashed about 200 yards off the coast near the P.G. lighthouse . . . . Jon Biggs, the city’s community development director, said the architectural review board already approved the memorial. “And nobody showed up” to protest it, Cort said.

John Denver plaque location

Traffic? Oh come on. Peter Alene appears to be another one of P.G.’s cranky “No Fun Allowed” fringe. Ocean View Boulevard is packed with traffic year round. The memorial is nothing but a plaque stuck to a rock.

One Man Faction Against John Denver Memorial

Council Warming Up To John Denver Memorial

John Denver plane

A permanent tribute to musician John Denver may soon be built on the shoreline near where his plane plummeted into Monterey Bay nearly 10 years ago.

The Pacific Grove City Council has been asked by the California Friends of John Denver and Denver’s family to place a memorial rock between Acropolis Street and Asilomar Avenue near Point Pinos.

Moe Ammar, executive director of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, said at least two people a week call or come by his office searching for the site of the crash. Some want to say prayers.

John Denver plaque location

Council Warming Up To John Denver Memorial

Missourians Fear The 'Pinos'

According to a report in the Columbia Daily Tribune, the issue arose when city planners in Columbia proposed to change the name of a street from “Point Penos” to “San Mateo.”

According to the Tribune story, a couple of city commissioners figured the reason for erasing Point Penos from the slate was obvious.

“Add a Missouri drawl and the name could be trouble,” the Tribune writer concluded.

I noticed the same thing when John Denver crashed into the bay at Point Pinos – every news anchor across the country referred to the area as “near Lovers Point” or “off the California Coast”. No news reader would dare try and say it.

Missourians Fear The ‘Pinos’

John Denver Memorial Beach Cleanup And Vigil Scheduled

The eighth annual John Denver Memorial Beach Cleanup and Candlelight Vigil will be held Oct. 9 near the site of his fatal plane crash in Monterey Bay on Oct. 12, 1997.

The beach cleanup will begin at 11 a.m. at the beach turnout at Ocean View Boulevard between Acropolis Street and Asilomar Avenue. The cleanup will be followed by an all-day gathering at the beach, weather permitting), with a candlelight vigil from 5 to 6 p.m., rain or shine.

John Denver plane

John Denver plaque location
There’s memorial trees over at Lovers Point. But the plane crashed at Point Pinos. Of course no newscaster in the US would try to pronounce Pinos so they left it as “shores of Monterey Bay” or “Near Lovers Point”

John Denver Memorial Beach Cleanup And Vigil Scheduled