Custom House Plaza Cracking

Gods my me angry over the removal of the fountain to make room for more fake events.

Eric Abma, Asilomar superintendent with the Monterey State Historic Park office, said: “We’re investigating the cause but we’re not entirely sure – it’s possible that there’s a water leak under there.”

While the cracks were initially noticed on Sunday when the Monterey History Fest vendors were set up, Abma said they’re not the first crevices to appear there.

“We’ve had other cracks down there,” said Abma. “They’re not entirely new but definitely more significant on Sunday then we’ve seen before.”

Custom House Plaza Cracking

Wharf's Gateway To Be A Chain Bulk Candy Store

Now that’s what every visitor to the wharf wants, quantity over quality.
Wilford Brimley diabeetus
I prefer some hand made treats down at Carousel Candies

Bulk confectionery store Candy Land is taking its barrels of salt water taffy and bins of lollipops to Fisherman’s Wharf. The candy shop has signed a lease with the city of Monterey for the frontage space located at 6 Fisherman’s Wharf where Sam Balesteri’s Wharf Front gift shop and The Coffee House used to reside.

Wharf’s Gateway To Be A Chain Bulk Candy Store

So Long Fisherman's Wharf, Was Nice To Know Ya

A visit to the wharf for some KarmelKorn may be in order to see the place before it turns into another tacky tourist trap.

Louie Linguine greeter

The City of Monterey confirmed Friday it is in talks with San Francisco based firm SFO Forecast Inc. to lease Balesteri’s old spot on Fisherman’s Wharf.

Sam Balesteri owned a gift shop at the location for five decades but failed to negotiate a new lease with the city in 2016. In August Balesteri received an eviction notice and in December vacated the property.

SFO Forecast Inc. already manages two properties in Monterey, Louie Linguini’s and After the Quake, both are on Cannery Row.

So Long Fisherman’s Wharf, Was Nice To Know Ya

Balesteri's Vacates Fisherman's Wharf

City wants more Cannery Row style franchise stores and their sky high rents. Times are changing, catch a part of the Old Fisherman’s Wharf while it’s still there.

Balesteri said the city wanted to double the rent at the location in the new lease, and while he did not give the exact price, he said the proposed rent was in the neighborhood of $9,000 a month.

The space Balesteri’s rented included three business fronts, in addition to the coffee shop and the gift shop the owner of Paluca Trattoria sublet the restaurant space. Paluca will remain open and has worked out a separate deal with the city.

Balesteri’s is the first of two family owned businesses vacating the wharf over lease negotiation problems. Liberty Fish is not re-upping its lease and is expected to leave early in 2017.

Balesteri’s Vacates At Fisherman’s Wharf

Divers Find It Deeper

Challenge accepted and met.

Recently the couple was leaving a restaurant at Wharf 2 in Monterey, when Susan accidentally knocked her purse into the water.

“When it first went over the railing, to be honest with you, I wanted to go in after it,” Susan said. “I never expected to see it again. I just went to work and thought, ‘Well, that’s it.’ ”

But Ron wasn’t about to give up. After all, the purse contained $200 in cash, the keys to their car, worth about $250, house keys, a pair of prescription sunglasses worth $400, plus credit cards and personal identification.

About a week later, Glaze went to the end of the pier to buy salmon at the seafood market. Right next to the market is Monterey Abalone Co., which raises abalone in cages under the wharf.

“There was this guy in a wetsuit,” Glaze said. “I asked him … does he know this harbor pretty well?

“‘Oh yeah,’ the man said. ‘I’m down in the water here a lot.’ ”

The man was Andrew Kim, manager of Monterey Abalone Co. He took down Glaze’s name, address and phone number and agreed to try to keep an eye out for the purse while diving.

The next evening the Glazes were in Los Altos when Ron received a call from Kim. “He said, ‘Ron, I found your wife’s purse and it doesn’t look too bad. It’s still zipped up.’ ”

Divers Find It Deeper

Spectacular Gateway For Monterey. Just Step Back 30 Years.

What? Tear out all the parking and marina improvements to remake a beach that is likely to become a transient plaza for sea lions?

Wharf Parking

The waterfront plan, which has been put together during the past four years, is intended to transform Monterey’s shoreline between San Carlos Beach and Monterey Bay Park into a “spectacular gateway” for the city.

But many in the wharf business community say the proposal — which would eliminate hundreds of parking spaces in lots nearest the harbor by the city’s two wharves in favor of grass, walkways and a plaza — is anything but spectacular.

At a city Planning Commission meeting May 13, the battle over the future of waterfront parking under the proposed plan came to a head.

Wharf business owners and hospitality industry officials predicted the changes would drive away customers and cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in parking fees generated by the wharf lots.

Spectacular Gateway For Monterey. Just Step Back 30 Years

Wharf Restaurant Bans Babies

Amdim here once worked in some P.G. food establishments. When cleaning up after messy “families” I wished there was an added charge for cleaning up after the rug rats.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” tourist Teresa Colombani said. “I think kids need to know how to behave in restaurants, and if you, don’t take them to them, they don’t know how to behave and they shouldn’t be kept hidden away, so I think it’s ridiculous, kids should be allowed in restaurants.”

The owner of the restaurant, Chris Shake, said if customers don’t like the rules, they can go somewhere else for dinner.

Shake said not only does he stand by the signs, but said his business has never been better.

“Well let’s put it this way, I haven’t had a down year for over 20 years,” Shake said. “Our business continues to grow.”

Wharf Restaurant Bans Babies

Plaza Bocce Ball Courts To Be Torn Out

And replaced with something that can get more use. Like another Maritime Museum?

Bocce ball enthusiasts on the other hand, want to improve the courts so they can get more use and even attract events.

bikini bocce

Our plan? We take out the existing courts, shorten the length of courts 1 and 2 to conform to the 86 foot length of court 3, and install the court surfaces that made the Colleoni Sports Facility business the premier artificial court installer in the world. All at our expense.

We tried to accommodate the desires of State Parks, presenting updated requests addressing new questions after answering old ones. To no avail. It was almost as if they already had their answer all along, but gave us hope by allowing us yet another audience with them. Then came their final “no.” Our hopes of having world class bocce courts at the Custom House Plaza are gone.

Footnote: Monterey Mayor Chuck Della Sala told Bob Enea that State Parks Ranger Eric Abma informed him that within 10 years, the existing courts will be torn out and the land put to other use because the courts as they currently are don’t receive the use State Parks would like to see. Quite ironic, I’d say. Arrivederci Custom House Plaza Bocce Courts.

Plaza Bocce Ball Courts To Be Torn Out

Rappa's Closed

City is against consolidation.

The Monterey City Council on Tuesday will consider taking final action to deny the transfer of a wharf lease for Rappa’s Seafood Restaurant from Anthony Rappa to would-be buyer James Gilbert, who has three other wharf restaurants.

Rappa, who has been running the restaurant since 1980, said Thursday that he hopes the council decides otherwise.

“What they are doing is counterproductive,” said Rappa, who at age 79 wants to retire. He said Gilbert has the money to make badly needed improvements to the property, along with plans to make it a “destination location.”

The restaurant sits in a good location near the end of the wharf, with a second-level observation deck overlooking the harbor.

Rappa’s Closed

Fisherman's Wharf Cracks Down On Signs

Better yet is my idea to legalize them and license them – after all they are advertising on public property.

Wharf signs

Officials and restaurant owners hope clearing the thoroughfare will lessen the amount of “chowder barking” — the practice of loudly offering free cups of clam chowder to visitors — on the wharf. The intrusive practices of chowder samplers are a major point of contention among competing wharf restaurant owners and the subject of visitor complaints.
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A local businessman gave Sabu Shake, who died in 1998, the life-size wooden statue of himself wearing a white cowboy hat and white suit.

“It’s been there a long time,” said Bob Massaro, the administrator for the Fisherman’s Wharf Association. “Folks stand beside it and get their picture taken. He was sort of a character, wore a cowboy hat all the time. Just a nice congenial person.”

Tom Gawel, general manager of Rappa’s Seafood Restaurant on the wharf, said he was asked to removed flower pots from the front of his restaurant. He plans to comply.

Fisherman’s Wharf Cracks Down On Signs