Mark McDermott

Manhattan Beach Country Club sold for $73 million

Manhattan Beach Country Club sold for $73 million

  by Mark McDermott The Manhattan Beach Country Club has been sold to Bay Club for $73 million in a deal that will also net the City of Manhattan Beach $730,000. The Bay Club Company, a luxury health club operator, originating in San Francisco, has been expanding regionally. It will take over operations of the […]

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SoCalGas line project disrupts North Manhattan Beach

SoCalGas line project disrupts North Manhattan Beach

The El Segundo Gas Loop project is in its final stages

  by Mark McDermott Jeremy Gonzalez lives right off Highland Avenue in North Manhattan Beach and works the graveyard shift just down the street at the Scattergood power plant in El Segundo. In February, he saw crews from the Southern California Gas Company begin work a few blocks away from his home, digging trenches, creeping […]

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Mirror twins who beat cancer together cycle Tour de Pier

Mirror twins who  beat cancer together  cycle Tour de Pier

Annual cancer fundraiser is expected to draw 1500 riders and raise $1 million

  by Mark McDermott Claudia Levin and her identical twin sister Colleen came into the world 15 seconds apart. The so-called mirror twins —  Claudia is left-handed and outgoing, Colleen right-handed and more reserved — have followed each other closely ever since. This closeness took a tough turn last year. In early January, Colleen received […]

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A summer of oceanic fun at the Roundhouse Aquarium, SeaLab

A summer of oceanic fun at the Roundhouse Aquarium, SeaLab

by Mark McDermott Roundhouse Aquarium co-director Eric Martin was in Washington last year, at a whale musuem, when he walked into a room and saw a photo of a familiar site, the Roundhouse. It wasn’t the first time he was far afield and saw his place of work on a wall. “The Roundhouse is Manhattan […]

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Gelson’s supermarket project approved by Manhattan Beach council

Gelson’s supermarket project approved by Manhattan Beach council

by Mark McDermott After 30 months of often rancorous debate within the community, Gelson’s supermarkets Tuesday night finally won approval to build a grocery store on Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. The City Council unanimously voted to direct staff to draft a resolution for approval of the proposed 27,900 sq. ft. Gelson’s and a 6,684 […]

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Manhattan Beach police seek help finding missing person

Manhattan Beach police seek help finding missing person

The Manhattan Beach Police Department is seeking help in locating Ann Shenkler. According to an MBPD press release, Shenkler went missing, apparently voluntarily, on March 15. She was reported missing to the Manhattan Beach Police Department on March 21. According to police reports, she mailed her car key and storage unit key to friends prior to when […]

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Best yoga Studio: The Green Yogi

Best yoga Studio: The Green Yogi

People come to yoga for different things. Some really just want a workout, a good sweat, maybe to lose some weight. Others seek spirituality, connecting to a 4,000 year tradition through which they hope to cultivate mindfulness through breath. Some want it all, and that is where The Green Yogi, the elegant little studio tucked […]

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Best golf course: The Lakes at El Segundo

Best golf course: The Lakes at El Segundo

The South Bay doesn’t have a lot of golf courses, but it does have the world famous Trump National as well as the cutting-edge, David Kidd-designed Rolling Hills Country Club. Yet local golfers truly cherish the unpretentious, decidedly non-world famous, cheap ($15 for 9 holes, discounts for seniors) The Lakes at El Segundo and voted […]

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Best produce: Grow

Best produce: Grow

  The story has by now been oft-told how in 2003 a little boy named Brendan Fisher, freshly arrived from the Central Valley to Manhattan Beach, wanted a boogie board. He made a deal with his parents, Barry and Kathy Fisher, that he’d raise half the money himself; his father was in the agricultural export […]

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Best of the Beach 2017 winners: retail and services

Best of the Beach 2017 winners: retail and services

Best of the Beach 2017 winners (click to see BOB write-ups).  Dining and entertainment will be featured in Beach magazine’s April issue (vote here). The urge to recognize “the best” is universal, even though everyone knows “the best” to too subjective to be scientific. Best of awards are really gratitude ceremonies. They satisfy people’s need […]

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Best Hotel: Shade Hotels

Best Hotel: Shade Hotels

When Shade Hotel opened up in downtown Manhattan Beach a dozen years ago, it did more than provide the area the first truly boutique hotel for visitors. Shade was the anchor for the Metlox project, a development twenty years in the making, but also quickly became a central gathering point for entire community. Shade has […]

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Best bike shop: Hermosa Cyclery

Best bike shop: Hermosa Cyclery

Much has changed in downtown Hermosa Beach since 1974. But Hermosa Cyclery, which was founded in that year just off the Strand by a cheerful man named Harold Schumaker, has happily endured.   Schumaker passed away in 2002 and willed the shop to four of his most beloved employees, Steve Collins, Larry Burke, Ken Liebowitz […]

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Best nursery: Nursery Deep Roots Garden Center

Best nursery: Nursery Deep Roots Garden Center

The sprawling, barn-like structure at the corner of Sepulveda and 2nd Street in Manhattan Beach has been a plant nursery for six decades but has gone through several iterations, most famously becoming a community institution as Bob’s Nursery under the ownership of Bob Brock from 1970 to 2000. It became a more high-end nursery after […]

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Best sports retailer: Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best sports retailer: Dick’s Sporting Goods

  Need a backcountry knife for your trip to the High Sierra? Check. How about some bungee cords to keep your yoga mat on your bicycle? Sure thing. How about the newest LeBron James sneakers? Of course —  Dick’s Sporting Goods, in fact, maintains an online calendar for shoe release dates. The South Bay is […]

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Best medical spa: South Bay Medical Spa

South Bay Medical Spa specializes in minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures, in a relaxed and calming environment. The clinical staff are all licensed health care professionals with specialized expertise in aesthetic medicine. The spa team is expert at helping people define and meet their personal aesthetic goals. South Bay Med offers skin treatments such as […]

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