Talk about an odd job.
Exterminators blanketed the angled walls and steeple-top roof of
Balboa Pavilion on Monday to eradicate a dry-wood termite infestation.
Workers draped the 96-year-old Newport Beach landmark with 80,000
square feet of pink-and-white vinyl tarps so they could spray Vikane gas
-- the trade name for sulfuryl fluoride -- into the structure, which was
closed to visitors at 8 a.m.
Owners of the pavilion’s quaint shops and eateries also shuttered
Chem Free Exterminating of Long Beach was hired for the job, which
presented more than one challenge, including wind gusts of more than 20
mph and tarps that had to be tacked down at the water’s edge.
Among the businesses affected by the fumigation were Tale of the Whale
Restaurant, Catalina Passenger Service, Newport Bay Harbor Cruises and
Davey’s Locker Sportfishing.
Many of the shops will reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday. A recorded message
at Tale of the Whale said the restaurant, a favorite of many seafood
lovers, would be closed through Thursday.
Pavilion owners also turned off the Victorian cupola’s 1,400-bulb
light string, which illuminates Newport Bay at nighttime. The lights are
expected to be switched back on by the end of the month.
The Balboa Pavilion was built in 1905 as the terminal for the Pacific
Electric Railway’s Red Cars. It is a California landmark and listed in
the National Registry of Historic Places.