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Richard Navarro Letter to City Council on Mooring Fees

From: Dr. Richard A. Navarro <email@removed.com>

Date: Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Subject: Item #19 of 11/23/10 City Council Agenda - MOORING CHARGES, MOORING TRANSFERS:

To: Steve Rosansky <parahdigm@aol.com>, Ed Selich <edselich@roadrunner.com>, Michael Henn <mhenn527@hotmail.com>, Nancy Gardner <gardnerncy@aol.com>, Leslie Daigle <lesliejdaigle@aol.com>, Don Webb <dwebb@newportbeachca.gov>, Dave Kiff <DKiff@newportbeachca.gov>, Keith Curry <curryk@pfm.com>

This email is to express my opposition to the proposals before the City Council, Item #19 related to mooring charges and mooring transfers and to urge the Council to much more reasonable and fair proposal submitted by the Newport Mooring Association.

I am profoundly disturbed at the unlawful practice that discriminates against mooring boat owners.  As a boat owner and permit holder, I am already paying more than what I would have to pay for a mooring at other Southern California locations, while owners of boats tied to private piers pay nothing to the City. 

I am willing to accept the current fee, despite the inconvenience of parking and lack of facilities, because of the friendliness and community spirit among mooring permit holders, and the boat-friendly environment of Newport Harbor.  The proposals to raise the mooring charges and to change the mooring transfers threaten all that I find attractive to the Harbor.

Unfortunately, I am unable to be present at your City Council meeting to voice my concerns in person as I am teaching at that time.  However, I would appreciate an explanation of why the City Council is not considering the Newport Mooring Association proposal, which would raise the revenues to the Tidelands Fund from approximately $800,000 to $4 million a year simply by requiring the owners of all boats to pay fair value for the right to store their boat on the public waterway?

I strongly urge the Council to replace the proposals currently before you with the NMA proposal at your November 23rd meeting.

Richard A. Navarro, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

California State Polytechnic University

Pomona, CA 91768

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