“Our Town-Our Paper” lbindy.com July 8, 2011 | Volume X, Issue 27 Marine Protections Take Effect Oct. 1 By Ted Reckas | LB Indy Come fall, local lobstermen will still be readying their traps, but set-ting them outside the boundaries of new marine protections that take affect throughout most of Laguna Beach on Oct. 1. Reaction to the 4-1 decision last week by the state Fish and Game Commission setting an effec-tive date sparked a mix of action: conservationists are refocusing on organizing a volunteer corps to tip undermanned enforcement authorities on marine violators, while commercial fishermen are weighing anchor and relocating to less restrictive harbors. Mike Beanan, a proponent of the Laguna Blue Belt, a group that seeks environmental protections for Laguna’s coastline, said, “It’s pretty exciting. The sooner the better. I think everyone is going to benefit,” referring to the potential for increased fish populations within the marine reserve to spill over and improve fishing in adja-cent areas. Rodger Healy, president of the California Lobster and Trap Fishermen’s Association, said, “As fishermen we are let down by the process. It is transparently not fair. It reflects poorly on the process that we get no credit for being responsible stewards for 100 years of lobster fishing.” Healy’s fishery has the highest sustainability rating by Seafood Watch, a guide list from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Cali-fornia halibut, another local species widely consumed has moderate to bad ratings, and points to the com-plexity of ecosystem evaluation. Festival of Arts Opens to Lively Crowds By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy In the spirit of last year’s Pageant of the Masters that invited the audience to eat, drink and be merry, this year’s attendees at the 79th preview opening of the Festi-val of Art did just that on Saturday, July 2. They toured the booths of 140 artists, sampled diverse culinary fare from food trucks cooking on the premises, washed it down with beer and wine and danced off the calories to music spun by DJ Lucky Lou. Also this week began the staging of “Only Make Believe,” the Pageant of the Masters production where real people are transformed into live-sized recreations of art works. The show, accompanied by a live orchestra, is presented nightly at 8:30 p.m. in the Festival’s outdoor amphithe-ater through Aug. 31. The city’s two other Laguna Canyon art shows, the Sawdust Festival and Art-a-Fair, opened last week. Saturday’s crowd, estimated at roughly 3,500 people, included Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman and council mem-bers Jane Egly and Elizabeth Pearson, newly minted LCAD president Jonathan Burke, Festival president Fred Sattler, Arts Commissioner Pat Kollenda and other arts patrons. This year, thanks to a new design by new exhibits director Martin Betz the grounds are easier to navigate despite the crowds. Booths are arranged in a double-triangle pattern around a central open plaza that will feature music and perfor-mance throughout the summer. Betz also designated an art center for workshops and demonstrations. The junior art ex-hibit is more accessible, remaining close to the festival entrance. Painter Paul Bond designed the 2011 festival poster and special events direc-tor Susan Davis cast a broader net in devising an entertainment line-up that includes “Art in Motion: Hip Hop to Tango,” a series of dance performances. FESTIVAL, page 15 Katsuya’s owner and SBE’s founding chief executive Sam Nazarian congratulates master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi over last week’s opening of the Laguna restaurant. New Hot Spots Burnish Laguna’s Dining Reputation By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy When it comes to dining, the odds are improving that your preferences in food or ambiance can be found on a Laguna Beach street corner thanks to the latest batch of newcomers to open their doors. “Laguna has a lot of destination restau-rants, so we’re very lucky,” said Mayor Toni Iseman, who last week was literally pounding a drum alongside Japanese drummers for the opening of Katsuya by Starck Laguna Beach. Katsuya, owned by Los Angeles’ SBE Res-taurant Group, is among the highest profile destination restaurants to open locally in recent years. Laguna is the fifth hand-picked location for Katsuya, which features the culinary creations of master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi presented in a space designed by renowned architect Philippe Starck. Other locations include Brentwood, Glendale, Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles’ L.A. Live, with additional locations planned for Houston and Miami. “It is really an honor for the industry and the city” for a group such as SBE to invest in Laguna, said Chris Keller, who opened the House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer last year and is co-owner of Hotel La Casa del Camino and its K’ya Bistro and Rooftop Lounge. “I’m always delighted to see enhance-ments in the restaurant choices in the community,” said Karyn Philippsen, a self-described food lover and president of the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau. The addition of Katsuya and other restaurants to the local food scene, coming on the heels of the first Laguna a La Carte culinary event held this past spring, will help seal Laguna’s growing status as a culi-nary destination, Philippsen said. As a restaurateur and president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce, Keller is excited by the new entries to the food scene, including Katsuya, Nancy Wilhelm’s recently opened Starfish and Scott McIn-tosh’s soon-to-open Asada. SBE took care to adapt their concept to the community’s vibe, with a space that is “a little bit more relaxed, a little more open air,” according to Matt Erickson, SBE’s vice president of restaurants. The atmosphere, while unmistakably Starck, was executed DINING, page 15 Inside A&E Calendar Town Crier Letters to Editor Limelight MARINE, page 22 2 4 6 8 12 16 18 20 Inside Coastal Real Estate Guide: Inside the Coastal Real Estate Guide, learn how to create a koi pond with a little help from Laguna Koi Ponds. 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