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City officials, with the help of the San Clemente Historical Society, will host a public walking tour of North Beach on Friday, Feb. 28, highlighting the area’s historic buildings and structures such as the recently purchased Miramar Theater, which is currently being renovated into an event center.

The walking tour comes as the city is preparing to nominate North Beach as a National Register Historic District. The city council last month approved a contract award for GPA Consulting to help the city in its application process.

The tour is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the front lawn of Casino San Clemente and progress to the other historic buildings, including the Miramar, the San Clemente Bowling Center, the Ole Hanson Beach Club and the Aquarium Café (now OC Fresca).

At each building, the property owner, a member of the city’s staff, or the San Clemente Historical Society will provide background on the history of the property and its significance to the town, a press release from the city explained.

As part of a $20,000 contract with GPA Consulting, which is being paid for with grant money the state’s Certified Local Government Program awarded the city last year, the firm will also attend the tour.

The walking tour will last approximately one hour, and there is no cost to participate. City staff and GPA Consulting will be available for further questions and discussion after the tour, the city said in its release.

The city is also encouraging residents to share any photographs or other articles of historic interest related to North Beach to assist in the nomination process. Historic items of interest can be submitted to Jonathan Lightfoot by emailing him at

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