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About Seal Beach

Seal Beach Welcomes you for a day, a week or a lifetime.

The roaring 20’s were really roaring in Seal Beach, California. Their gambling, booze, and beaches acted as a magnet attracting tourists to this little ocean-side village. The famous Joy Zone was set along the pier with the Jewel City Cafe, Derby roller coaster, beaches, and other diversions. At the end of the pier (where Ruby’s Restaurant is now), a large synthesizer presented a blazing, flashing light show to set the mood. Sophie Tucker and other celebrities acted as judges at the Big Band dance contests. Tourists rented as many as 1,000 bathing suits a day, and 190,000 people visited Seal Beach each week. What was the reason for Seal Beaches’ popularity? It was the only place where liquor could be served. During these early years, seals or sea lions frequented the people’s yards, beaches, and ocean. Sometimes they even got in the way of bathers.

Changing throughout the years, today Seal Beach is a contrast to its past! We feel soft breezes from the ocean, walk along the quaint, historic old town Main Street, see the beautiful shoreline from the second longest pier in California, and enjoy a laid back, small town atmosphere.

by Sandy Zimmerman, Travel Writer

Orange County New Headlines

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The latest news from Orange County, CA

Students dunk faculty at charity basketball game

Tuesday May 24th, 2016 09:53:00 PM

The inaugural students vs. faculty and staff basketball game at Fountain Valley High School to benefit the Orangewood Foundation was a rousing success. Well, at least for the students, who jumped out to a big lead early and coasted to victory. The...

World Surf League acquires Kelly Slater's man-made wave technology

Tuesday May 24th, 2016 07:25:00 PM
By LAYLAN CONNELLY

Aspiring surfers far from the coast might be able to get a taste of what it’s like to tuck into a barrel. Pro surfers can try out their aerial maneuvers over and over to perfect their techniques. And spectators could fill seats in a stadium-like...

Retail-restaurant roundup: Modern speakeasy debuts; Fullerton center gets Habit Burger, Jersey Mike's; Los Reyes closes to fix fire damage

Monday May 23rd, 2016 06:01:00 PM
BY HANNAH MADANS AND NANCY LUNA

Here’s a roundup of restaurant and retail news from across Orange County. Take a look at the slideshow for more details on each.
Envy Lounge: The Newport Beach entrepreneur behind luxury car rental company EnVus Motorsports is getting into the bar...

Huntington Beach home once owned by Robert Rizzo of Bell scandal seeks $1.28 million

Monday May 23rd, 2016 07:00:00 AM
MARILYN KALFUS

Back when he was raking in a ridiculous $800,000 annual salary as Bell's city manager, Robert Rizzo added some fancy touches to the two-story house he owned in Huntington Beach.
They included stained and leaded glass windows, a cherrywood master...

Pastor at Saddleback Church turned his life around while serving 25-to-life terms for double murder

Sunday May 22nd, 2016 05:25:00 PM
By ERIKA I. RITCHIE

LAKE FOREST – Danny Duchene dropped to his knees as pastor Rick Warren led a prayer over him, the recently named pastor for Saddleback Church’s prison ministry.
“The greatest feeling in life is being used by God for something larger than...

Street Style from downtown Huntington Beach

Sunday May 22nd, 2016 04:20:00 AM
BY ANA VENEGAS

Welcome to Street Style, where we chronicle fashionable figures and chic characters in Orange County.
This week we visited downtown Huntington Beach to check out some real-people styles.
Do you know about a spot we should highlight in our weekly...

Thar she rows: Marina High students complete a Viking quest

Saturday May 21st, 2016 03:01:00 AM
GREG MELLEN

HUNTINGTON HARBOUR – The Sons of Norway were on hand, waving Norwegian flags. A score of students and teachers with Valhalla T-shirts could be seen. And Marina High School Assistant Principal Joseph Powers was there in full Viking regalia.
They...


O.C. Real Estate News

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The latest news from Orange County, CA

Dana Point mayor: Development and tourism are booming

Sunday May 8th, 2016 01:27:00 AM
By ERIKA I. RITCHIE

DANA POINT - Plans to transform this sleepy seaside village into a bustling destination that welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors are rapidly moving forward.
“Development is widespread across the city,” Mayor John Tomlinson said Friday...

Developer aims to turn former L.A. Times plant in Costa Mesa into creative campus

Monday March 28th, 2016 11:14:00 PM
By JOANNA CLAY

A developer has plans to turn the former Los Angeles Times building in Costa Mesa into a creative office environment – maybe even with volleyball courts and barbecue pits.
The project is a joint venture between developer Kearny Real Estate and...

This Village is Orange County's first building dedicated to housing nonprofits

Sunday March 20th, 2016 07:44:00 PM
By MARGOT ROOSEVELT

The sign atop the Santa Ana building reads: “The Village at 17th Street.”
Yet, at first glance, this squat stucco structure looks nothing like an actual village.
So you wonder.
But if an office building can be said to have a soul, this one’s is...

'Sinkin' Lincoln' set for a rebirth

Friday February 12th, 2016 12:09:00 AM
By ART MARROQUIN

ANAHEIM – The former landfill at Lincoln Avenue and Beach Boulevard is on the verge of shedding the dumpy nickname “Sinkin’ Lincoln” and emerging as a financial boon for the city’s west side. Zelman Development Co. of Los Angeles is back at...

Pacifica Hotels acquires Milner Hotel in Los Angeles

Thursday January 28th, 2016 07:00:00 PM
By HANNAH MADANS

Irvine-based Pacifica Hotels has acquired The Milner Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The purchase price was not disclosed.
The Milner, near the Staples Center, is Pacifica’s 30th California property.
“With this acquisition we are excited not only...

Drama but little trauma in Fed's interest rate hike

Thursday December 17th, 2015 08:26:00 PM
By MARGOT ROOSEVELT and JEFF COLLINS

Capping months of anxious anticipation and gigabytes of global speculation, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point, its first hike in nearly a decade.
In Orange County, as in the nation...

Despite job growth, paltry payrolls point to surprising weakness in O.C. economy

Thursday December 10th, 2015 01:02:00 AM
By MARGOT ROOSEVELT

Jobs in Orange County are on pace to grow at a healthy rate this year and next, but most local sectors have yet to fully recover from the Great Recession, according to a new analysis of the economy.
Payrolls in the county will expand by 3.2 percent...


Local Beach News

  1. JEFF STONE: Restoring the American Dream in California - OCRegister - May 25, 2016
    OCRegister JEFF STONE: Restoring the American Dream in California OCRegister The district, which is entirely in Riverside County, stretches from the Temecula Valley to the Colorado River and includes Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta ...
  2. 'Get off the stage!' Some yell at CSUF commencement speaker after she uses Spanish, mentions Trump - OCRegister - May 25, 2016
    OCRegister 'Get off the stage!' Some yell at CSUF commencement speaker after she uses Spanish, mentions Trump OCRegister Some people in the crowd at a graduation ceremony at Cal State Fullerton shouted at the commencement speaker after she talked about presidential candidate Donald Trump and gave a brief section of her address in Spanish. "It's really sad," the ... and more »
  3. OC, Newport Beach honor John Wayne after Assembly voted against it over his controversial remarks - OCRegister - May 25, 2016
    OCRegister OC, Newport Beach honor John Wayne after Assembly voted against it over his controversial remarks OCRegister Orange County supervisors and the Newport Beach City Council took a few minutes before their Tuesday meetings to do what the state Assembly recently refused to: honor John Wayne. Last month, the Assembly voted against Assemblyman Matthew Harper's ... and more »
  4. Bonsignore: Securing a Super Bowl is a great day for LA - OCRegister - May 25, 2016
    OCRegister Bonsignore: Securing a Super Bowl is a great day for LA OCRegister CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In distance, the space separating Casey Wasserman from the hotel ballroom he was leaving to the one he was headed for was no more a 15- or 20-yard slant pattern. In time, well, he might as well have been stuck in a parking lot on the ... LA picked to host Super Bowl LV in 2021 MyNewsLA.com Atlanta, South Florida, Los Angeles awarded Super Bowls in 2019-21 TCPalm Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles [...]
  5. Bernie Sanders gives Tommy Chong the cold shoulder -- but it is chill - Los Angeles Times - May 25, 2016
    Los Angeles Times Bernie Sanders gives Tommy Chong the cold shoulder -- but it is chill Los Angeles Times ... of tarp-covered homes in his district along arid dirt he called a shantytown. "This is not in a Third World country. This is in the United States of America, this is right here in California, and this is something that's happening in these ... and more »
  6. San Francisco keeps immigrant-protection rules, adds clarifications - OCRegister - May 25, 2016
    OCRegister San Francisco keeps immigrant-protection rules, adds clarifications OCRegister Father Richard Smith of St. John the Evangelist church speaks to a group calling for San Francisco to maintain its strict sanctuary protections for people who are in the country illegally before a Board of Supervisors meeting at City Hall in San ... San Francisco retains immigrant sanctuary protections KBTV Fox 4 Beaumont The Latest: San Francisco retains sanctuary protections The Daily Progress all 49 new [...]
  7. UCLA agrees to 15-year, $280 million deal with Under Armour - OCRegister - May 25, 2016
    OCRegister UCLA agrees to 15-year, $280 million deal with Under Armour OCRegister The Maryland-based company won out, continuing its effort to increase its presence on the West Coast. Cal dropped Nike in April after signing a 10-year, $86 million deal with Under Armour. Utah was the first Pac-12 school to sign with Under Armour, in ... and more »
  8. Updated: Man arrested after UCI robberies may be suspect in Fullerton crime - OCRegister - May 24, 2016
    Updated: Man arrested after UCI robberies may be suspect in Fullerton crime OCRegister IRVINE – Police have arrested an Irvine man they believe robbed two people on and around the UC Irvine campus. Authorities also said that he is suspected in an armed robbery in Fullerton on March 6. Joshua Benbrook, 25, of Irvine was arrested outside ... and more »
  9. Where in OC do homes sell the quickest? - OCRegister - May 24, 2016
    OCRegister Where in OC do homes sell the quickest? OCRegister That's why a small increase in local listings will not cure the steep shortage of homes for sale in Orange County's more affordable communities. Look at the nine markets that ReportsOnHousing tracks with the quickest market time, as of May 19. All are ... and more »
  10. Hillary Clinton coming to Buena Park - OCRegister - May 24, 2016
    OCRegister Hillary Clinton coming to Buena Park OCRegister Hillary Clinton will visit Buena Park Wednesday, part of a quick-hit tour of the state as part of the campaign for California's June 7 primary. In this photo taken March 22, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign ... and more »

Annual Seal Beach Events

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There is a busy calendar of annual events in Seal Beach. The new year starts with the Seal Beach Polar Plunge  and the Annual Crab Feed  in February, sponsored by the Seal Beach Police Association. Other events include the Seal Beach Lions Club Pancake Breakfast  and the Seal Beach Classic Car Show  which are held in April. They also run a Seal BeachFish Fry  in July on the same weekend as the Seal Beach Rough Water Swim  which takes place by the Seal Beach Pier . The Seal Beach Chamber Of Commerce  sponsors many events, including: The Seal Beach Summer Concert Series  in July & August, a Seal Beach Sand Castle Festival  and the Seal Beach Kite Festival  in September. The Seal Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony  is held in late November and the year ends with The Seal Beach Christmas Parade  in December along with Santa & the Reindeer.

Blog Listings

Don ‘Waldo’ Autry was skateboarding pioneer

Don ‘Waldo’ Autry was skateboarding pioneer

You might never know that the easygoing man who lived quietly, albeit on the fringe in his van in a Seal Beach alley. was famous for being… Read more »

Seal Beach Plans to Curtail Anglers’ Pier Pressure

Seal Beach Plans to Curtail Anglers’ Pier Pressure

A plan to limit fishing on the Seal Beach Pier hit some rough water Monday after city staff determined an agreement with the state forbids the city… Read more »

Forbes Names Seal Beach 4th Friendliest Town in U.S.

Forbes Names Seal Beach 4th Friendliest Town in U.S.

Hey neighbor!  You live in the 4th Friendliest Town in America, according to the latest Forbes’ ranking. The magazine recently released its list of top 15 pleasant places…. Read more »