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A collection of articles focusing on Princeton-by-the-sea, a fishing village facing a new era


Princeton Pantry: Harbor gets a market

Anyone who's bought fish from the docks at Pillar Point Harbor can relate to making one more stop by the grocery store to pick up bread, vegetables and a bottle of wine to enhance the rest of the meal.

  • New beer garden opens

    The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is adding more outdoor space and calling it the Mavericks Beer Garden. See it for yourself during a grand opening Thursday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the restaurant, 390 Capistrano Road, in Princeton. The public is asked to RSVP first by calling Melanie Davis at (650) 263-2018 or emailing

  • Princeton man pleads no contest to weapons charges

    A 66-year-old man who caused an explosion last year at a Princeton commercial lot has pleaded no contest to charges of illegally possessing a loaded rifle and a destructive device.

  • Vets to share blues with vets

    Military veterans from around the Bay Area are invited for a day of fellowship and vibrant music at Vets to Vets IV on Sunday.

  • Horsley walks bumpy road to boost Princeton

    Strolling along Broadway Avenue in Princeton, San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley was seeing change in the air.

  • Attention turns to paving Princeton

    Shaded by Monterey cypress trees, the dilapidated roadways that weave through Princeton hint at the funky seaside district's history. Now, an effort to reconstruct part of a 30-year-old thoroughfare tells of the community's change in course.

  • Mental health van travels to Legion

    Don Smith introduces himself as "Ooga," his flight handle during Vietnam. He flew a helicopter in that war and says he hasn't been the same since returning home in the 1970s.

  • Officials meet to tackle Princeton neglect

    With its rotting boats, scattered homeless and piles of debris, the harbor community at Princeton is looking less like a waterfront and more like a junkyard, according to San Mateo County officials.

  • Volunteer crews to clean up graffiti

    It's on bridges, walls, benches and even Coastsiders' cars. Graffiti is one thing that has flourished in Half Moon Bay as the city has cut back its police and public maintenance crews.

  • Harbor Village goes all out for Easter

    This Easter weekend will be celebrated in many ways on the Coastside. Churches will hold special services and, in many cases, Easter egg hunts, which welcome the public. Many restaurants will have Easter brunches, and some, like Mullins in Half Moon Bay, an egg hunt too.

  • County takes custody of baby living in boat

    San Mateo County Sheriff's officials say they arrested a husband and wife last month for jeopardizing the life of their 3-month-old child by living in "extremely unsafe" conditions in a drydocked boat in Princeton.

  • Old Princeton Landing presents homegrown reggae

    Reggae rhythms come to the Old Princeton Landing Saturday with international recording artist Culture Canute and the Rockstone Players.

  • Tsunami warning system worked beautifully on San Mateo coast

    Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

  • Tsunami threat passes leaving questions in its wake

    Coastside residents are breathing a sigh of relief that they avoided damage from a tsunami that rolled ashore Friday morning following a devastating earthquake off the coast of Japan. Some are also questioning whether officials acted responsibly to warn them of the danger.

  • San Mateo County calls for evacuation, Coastside schools closed

    A strong earthquake has struck the Pacific Ocean and a Tsunami Warning is now in effect for California. These dangerous waves or tidal surges are expected to reach the San Mateo County authorities were driving the streets fo Princeton, telling people to evacuate to higher ground. They now expect as much as a three-foot wave to wash ashore locally around 8 a.m.

  • Iconic downtown store closes after nearly 20 years

    On Monday morning Half To Have It owner Melissa Manson was busy hoisting dusty boxes filled with an assortment of eclectic doodads into a moving truck headed to the American Legion building in Princeton, the new home for a business that's been a fixture on Half Moon Bay's Main Street for the last 20 years.

  • Next time, I'll visit Princeton

    Dear editor:

  • Half To Have It moving to Princeton

    Half To Have It is closing its doors after 19 years on the corner of Main and Miramontes streets to move up the coast to a new location in Princeton. The whimsical business's last day downtown is Monday, Jan. 31.

  • Phyllis J gets ready for transport

    The Phyllis J, which ran aground on January 12 at Francis State Beach, was prepared for transport this morning. The 51-ton steel boat, owned by Larry Fortado, has been slowly moved onto the bluff and dismantled. The hull is scheduled to get driven up to Princeton Harbor tonight at 10 p.m. on a 96-wheel trailer where it is to be rebuilt. Estimated cost of recovery is $300,000.

  • Contest organizers urge fans to surf Web

    Mavericks site closed to spectators

  • Princeton is a jewel by the sea

    As a longtime Coastside resident, I wanted to take a moment to talk about life here in our lovely harbor town, Princeton by the Sea. My husband and I purchased our home 14 years ago in the back of Princeton, on the way out to “Mavericks.”

  • A night of reggae, rock comes to Old Princeton Landing

    Two trios — Starving Millionaires of San Jose and Perro Bravo of Long Beach — will fill the Old Princeton Landing with reggae, ska and rock beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19.

  • MCC takes look at intersection

    The Midcoast Community Council plans to take a field trip to the intersection of Capistrano Road and Prospect Street in Princeton this afternoon. It’s an attempt to visualize the potential traffic impacts that could come from a completed Big Wave development.

  • Legion plans Veterans Day observance

    The American Legion Post 474 in Princeton will host a ceremony in observance of Veterans Day, beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. The post is located at 470 Capistrano Road.

  • Artists open their doors

    The “Colony of Coastside Artists” are opening the doors of their studios, individually or with peers, to welcome visitors to see their work and chat about art, this weekend.

  • Midcoast reconsiders airport district

    When Exclusive Fresh Inc. in Princeton was found to be operating with out-of-date use permits, San Mateo County Planning Department reviewed the wholesale fish processor and found it also had an unpermitted structure and too many employees for the Airport Overlay District.

  • Ex-felon arrested for Princeton explosion

    A 65-year-old ex-felon was arrested Friday afternoon on various charges connected with a loud explosion at a Princeton storage yard where he was squatting.

  • Felon arrested for Princeton explosion

    A 65-year-old ex-felon was arrested on Friday afternoon on various charges connected with a loud explosion at a Princeton storage yard where he was squatting.

  • Here's hoping roadhouse spirit remains at OPL

    The Old Princeton Landing was the quintessential roadhouse — simple, honest, welcoming to all. It was the only place you could hear radical as well as “safe” bands, and for 15 years it has been home to arguably the Peninsula’s finest Pro Blues Jam.

  • Princeton tagging suspects identified

    Three young Coastside residents were charged with 41 acts of graffiti vandalism on the weekend of July 17. They are charged with defacing two dozen businesses in Princeton.

  • Bar overhaul shakes up night scene

    On Thursday afternoon at the Old Princeton Landing, two bartenders clinked glasses of Jägermeister and Red Bull and gulped the drinks down in a single swig. It was one of many toasts made by the old crew at the Midcoast bar before their hangout closes down for a dramatic overhaul.

  • Vandals tag Princeton

    At least eight businesses in Princeton and Moss Beach were hit in graffiti attacks sometime during the night of July 17, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office reported. More graffiti vandalism was reported at the Chevron Station at Cabrillo and Highway 1.

  • Veterans invited to day of blues

    The public, in general, and military veterans, in particular, are invited to a day of music focusing on the blues, planned at the American Legion Post 474 in Princeton on Sunday.

  • Learning to build the perfect surfboard

    Ivan Buey came from Madrid, Spain, to spend a week working 12-hour days in an empty lot in Princeton. But he came on a wave of enthusiasm. He and 10 others, from as near as the Coastside to as far as Australia, were drawn to Princeton to build hollow wooden surfboards, boards that would give them the ride of their lives.

  • Harbor Village celebrates the Fourth

    A lively Fourth of July event designed to draw attention to the new Harbor Village mall in Princeton and to give back to the community is in the works for the day before the Fourth of July.

  • Surfing legend Clark lands a new home

    Mavericks surfing legend Jeff Clark and his wife, Cassandra, were eating lunch at Crab Landing one day last July when they looked down over the harbor and saw the dilapidated fish market at the end of a strip of longtime businesses and had an idea.

  • Neighbors dump on Princeton junkyard

    San Mateo County Planning Department has issued a warning to a Princeton landowner, requiring him to clean up his trash-filled lot.

  • Clean up Yale Avenue mess

    It is unfathomable how a dumpsite can exist at the confluence of Yale and Stanford avenues in Princeton, but indeed it does. Heaps and endless piles of trash: everything from old car and truck tires, batteries and vehicle parts, to ruined mattresses and chopped up plywood and particle board. Used lumber scraps, sheet-rock and asbestos materials sitting amid rusting steel, metal and plastic pipe parts lie entwined with chemically treated wood pole fragments marinating in old engine oil and grease-soaked soil.

  • American Legion Post 474 puts 'very unusual' house up for sale

    Not every real estate listing describes a home for sale as “very unusual.”

  • Princeton abalone importer gains momentum

    Tom Monahan introduced abalone to Duarte’s Tavern in the 1970s, about 20 years before officials put a clamp on the state’s commercial industry. Back then divers could harvest the shelled delicacy uninhibited. No more. Commercial abalone harvesting has been outlawed in the area for years.

  • Vets get H1N1

    vaccinations Friday

  • Midcoast traffic workshop coming

    Coastsiders are invited to attend a Feb. 24 workshop to give input on a draft report of traffic and mobility in Miramar, El Granada and Princeton.

  • Harbor views enhance hairdos

    When winds roar, rain lashes down and lightning splits the sky, licensed cosmetologist Cindy Kuhr just goes on snipping.

  • Getting from bar A to bar B can be a taxi-ing experience

    Not normally a wallflower, Mark Restani was pushed to the edge of the bar to make room for a team of servers hoisting trays of champagne for the thirsty crowd.


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