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Bellport to Manage Moorings

Following its RFP for mooring management, the City has announced it will propose that management of moorings in Newport Harbor will be awarded to Bellport Group, to be confirmed by City Council. The Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Department has handled this responsibility under contract for at least 25 years but its bid to continue was apparently too dear in this economic climate. The Newport Mooring Association appreciates the Harbor Patrol's superior level of service and acknowledges that the department has set the bar high for those who will follow. The Daily Pilot and The Register both wrote on this topic today.

Fees study/appraisal

The City has announced it is working on an RFP for a new harbor appraisal including moorings. This follows about a year after the previous $120k three-part harbor valuation study (pdf - 2.71MB) Dowload staff report icon was deemed not usable for many reasons. Letters from NMA members and statements of NMA Board members on that study can be found on the Harbor Fees page.

The NMA has been included in discussion about problems with the previous appraisal in preparation of this new RFP. The City is determined to evaluate fees promptly because of its forecasted budget deficit. For a comparison of fees in other harbors with moorings, see the 2010 Mooring Fee Survey, below.

Coastal Marina Permit

The SWRCB has proposed that marinas with more than 10 slips or moorings will be required to obtain a Coastal Marina Permit and comply with its terms. Cost: $230,000 to $250,000 per annum per marina, according to Jim Sinasek, special projects coordinator to City Manager Dave Kiff. Cost to you? Divide those dollars by the number of boats in your marina.

The SWRCB cites existing regulation of livestock feedlots and shooting ranges as legal precedent for requiring the marinas, which it sees as pollution aggregators, to follow stringent sampling, testing, observation and reporting requirements, and to pay fines as required on top of the permit fees.

One problem with the Coastal Marinas Pemit is that it would be enacted not by voters, but by the SWRCB, in about November 2010. Compliance with the permit requires a litany of sampling, testing, and reporting requirements that reads like an environmentalist's dream punch-list. This would amass an incredibly detailed database of sediment and water quality measurements statewide to further serve regulators.

Randy Short, president of Almar Marinas, has called the Coastal Marinas Permit the biggest threat to the marina industry in 20 years. The RBOC has been following this issue and getting the word out to local boaters. Many local yacht clubs have posted links to this information on their websites as well. What can you do? Make sure your marina operator knows about this potential permit before hand. Most entities will have to build this kind of heavy-duty expense into their budgets so as not to be caught off guard by citations, fines, and penalties down the road.

The RBOC's call to action, linked to above, is worth reading, sharing, and follow-up action from your marina operator or club. City moorings would be affected, too. Your Harbor Commission is preparing a letter for City Council's approval to express the City's concerns with the Coastal Marinas Permit.

2010 Mooring Fee Survey

The NMA has updated the NMA mooring fee comparison survey (Word doc--149KB word icon) for harbors in southern California. It's worth a read. It shows what harbors elsewhere in the state charge for a mooring permit. Includes berth fees for some harbors, too. For comparison, see the 2008 mooring fees study (Word doc--50KB ) (or view as webpage).

Harbor Resources Department
829 Harbor Island Dr., Newport Beach, CA

949) 644-3034, fax (949) 723-0589

Do you need to reach Harbor Resources?
Email Harbor Resources with your input.

Slippery Sea Lions

If you need to rethink your sea lion deterrents, please see the NMA Pinniped Pointers page in the NMA documents library. This year sea lions are "loving" the area south of Lido Isle, "F," "H," & "J" fields, and private piers in this area. Your continuing effort to keep sea lions off of your boat helps all of us. Sea lions have sunk about ten boats in Newport Harbor, recently including a 1950's Star Wikipedia icon boat.

At the February Harbor Commission meeting, a shortened time frame for notification of permit holders of sea lion problems was approved. Formerly a permit holder had 10 days to effect sea lion deterrents; now the permit holder has just seven days (pdf--40KB) pdf icon from the first warning letter.

NMA Newsletters

Your eyes are now reading lines of the NMA Electric Pennant, our online newsletter, available only online. It has a hardcopy cousin, NMA Pennant, mailed to all dues-paid NMA members, and is the official newsletter of the Newport Mooring Association. After members receive it via postal mail, recent and past editions are available on the Newsletters page.

Mooring Loan Permission Form

Need to loan a mooring to a friend? Here is the form you fill out, print, sign, and send to the Harbor Department.

NMA Board Meeting

The Board of Directors meets monthly to review projects and conduct business. Mooring permit holders are welcome to attend. The date and time of the next board meeting is:

Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2010, at 18:15 hrs.

downstairs at the Newport Beach Yacht Club You are welcome to park across Bayside Drive in the parking lot.

NMA Members are welcome to attend!

Newport Beach Yacht Club
1099 Bayside Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 760-0221

Mooring Appraisal Critique

The Newport Mooring Association has received, from an MAI-designated independent appraiser, a critique of the City's appraisal of Newport Harbor moorings. Specifically, it addresses the direct comparison of yacht club moorings to individually permitted moorings with no adjustments. We suspected that such a comparison was not valid, but what does a professional have to say about this? Read the appraiser's critique (pdf--320 KB)pdf icon.

Harbor Patrol News

The Sheriff's Department has named a new Orange County Harbormaster, Lt. Mark Long. According to this story in The Log, he looks forward to building community support and developing relationships with the community of harbor users. We'll go farther working together. Congratulations, Lt. Long!

With the reassignment of Deputy Joel Monroe, a new mooring master has been named; he is Deputy Carlos Contreras. We understand he has hands-on mooring knowledge, as he is a permit holder himself!

Harbor Resources News

Manager Chris Miller presents the Harbor Commission with an update on projects and issues each month. Here is a link to his February 2010 Update (pdf--1.44 MB) pdf icon. Click here to find other updates on the Harbor Resources site.

News from Newport Beach

What's going on in Newport Beach? Click to info about (derelict) boat auctions. When the news feeds below are working, the blue boxes will contain City and harbor news. Click any headline to open that story in a new window. If the blue box is empty, the feed is broken or has no news. Some browsers may still click to open the RSS feed button news feed direct from the City of Newport Beach.

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Tsunami Awareness Week- March 21-27

Source: News RSS Feed - City of Newport Beach
Published: 22 Mar 2010 | 12:00 am PDT

Earthquake Preparedness Information

Source: News RSS Feed - City of Newport Beach
Published: 16 Mar 2010 | 12:00 am PDT

Building Department Staff Meeting

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 10 Mar 2010 | 8:47 am PST

Building Department

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 2 Mar 2010 | 4:03 pm PST

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 20 Feb 2010 | 7:32 am PST

Building Department Staff Meeting

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 10 Feb 2010 | 10:18 am PST

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 10 Feb 2010 | 8:25 am PST

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 9 Feb 2010 | 1:17 pm PST

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 5 Feb 2010 | 1:35 pm PST

Building Department

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 3 Feb 2010 | 3:03 pm PST

Building Department

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 2 Feb 2010 | 4:41 pm PST

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Here's harbor and moorings news from Google News, and other sources, to within the last hour.

Newport Harbor Live RSS News Feed

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Newport museum to expand and change its name - OCRegister

The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is planning a $35 million expansion and will change its name to "ExplorOcean. ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 22 Mar 2010 | 6:47 pm PDT

Nautical museum plans expansion - Daily Pilot

The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum unveiled plans Saturday for a name change and massive expansion on the Balboa Fun Zone that will ...and more »…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 20 Mar 2010 | 6:56 pm PDT

Just Say “No” to Board's Proposed Coastal Marinas Permit Plan - The Log Newspaper

“This year we are going to try to do government better,” Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry has said. My suggestion: Have the city attorney send a letter to ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 19 Mar 2010 | 11:19 am PDT

Events on the water

By Len Bose

Islands Race

I wanted to recap some of the racing that went on last weekend, and talk a little about what is coming up this week and the following week.

My understanding that local yachtsman Jim Madden, owner of “Stark…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 18 Mar 2010 | 6:22 pm PDT

Subcommittee Members Reject Newport Mooring Management Proposal - The Log Newspaper

Members of the Mooring Master Plan Subcommittee expressed their disapproval at handing the duty of managing Newport Harbor moorings to the BellPort Group, ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 18 Mar 2010 | 3:20 pm PDT

Subcommittee Members Reject Newport Mooring Management Proposal - The Log Newspaper

Newport Harbor moorings might continue to be managed by the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol after subcommittee members saw the plan to contract with a ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 18 Mar 2010 | 3:20 pm PDT

OC and LA County Harbors Weather Tsunami - The Log Newspaper

Surge Withstood – At Newport Harbor, no vessel or property damage was reported as a result of the Feb. 27 tsunami warning. Harbors in Orange and Los Angeles ...and more »…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 18 Mar 2010 | 3:15 pm PDT

Costly Marina Permit Plan Could Be Replaced with Clean Marina Program - The Log Newspaper

The costs to private and public marinas in Newport Harbor are estimated to range from $230000 to $250000 per year, per marina. ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 18 Mar 2010 | 3:15 pm PDT

Short and Sweet ...

By Len Bose

I should name this piece “short and sweet” because that’s how last night's Harbor Commission Meeting went. My routine is to arrive about 15 minutes late to miss all the roll call and introduction. Although with this commission, by the time…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 11 Mar 2010 | 11:36 am PST

San Clemente's history is full of stormy weather - OCRegister

We had to get a crane and haul it all the way up to Newport to launch it. Lois Lashbrook: In the winter of 1939, the San Clemente Pier washed away. ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 10 Mar 2010 | 1:11 pm PST

Are Moorings Really Police Business? - The Log Newspaper

While the Harbor Patrol has been responsible for managing and maintaining Newport Harbor's 1200 moorings for visiting boaters and long-term residents alike ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 5 Mar 2010 | 5:21 pm PST

Newport Moorings May Become Privately Managed - The Log Newspaper

Mooring Change? – Orange County Sherriff's Harbor Patrol has managed Newport Harbor's 1200 moorings for decades, but recent low-bidder BellPort Group may ...Contract talks upset local marinersDaily Pilotall 2 news articles »…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 4 Mar 2010 | 4:30 pm PST

Twice Around

By Len Bose

Working my way around the bay and reading through all the different marine-related applications this week, I only found a couple of items of interest to me.

The first being the status of the #8 Channel marker, Class breaks…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 4 Mar 2010 | 1:00 pm PST

Cheaper oversight, but at what cost? - Daily Pilot

Newport Mooring Assn. board member Chuck South, also of South Mooring Company, thinks relieving the Harbor Patrol is a bad idea. ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 25 Feb 2010 | 9:00 pm PST

What's that giant boat doing on PCH? - OCRegister

Dick Andrews is restoring a boat after, in his words, he "watched it for years" rotting away in Newport Harbor. Workers have been sanding and staining ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 25 Feb 2010 | 1:49 pm PST

Other victims' kin rally at trial - OCRegister

No one has seen the Hawks since November 15, 2004, after the sale of their boat in Newport Harbor. Collene is the sister of legendary racer Mickey Thompson. ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 24 Feb 2010 | 5:10 pm PST

• Harbor Patrol may lose city contract - Daily Pilot

The Newport Beach Harbor Patrol could lose its contract to manage the city's boat moorings to a private firm to cut costs, Newport Beach Harbor Resources ...Architect enters city raceDaily Pilot• Budget gap widens to $8MDaily Pilotall 5 news articles »…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 23 Feb 2010 | 11:25 pm PST

Yacht racing is just around the corner

By Len Bose

The warning signal for the 2010 boating season is about to be raised. With the daylight savings time change just three weeks away, the shipyards are in full swing with the yachts preparing for the upcoming season. The Rhine Wharf Guest…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 19 Feb 2010 | 11:40 am PST

Twice Around

By Len Bose

Last night I attended the Harbor Commission meeting with my normal reluctance to leave the house just before dinner as my family gathered around the dinner table. Taking my usual seat in the back of the chambers my routine is to…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 11 Feb 2010 | 2:43 pm PST

Sharing some helpful, local boating websites

By Len Bose

I am not going to lie! I had no interest in going onto the Harbor this last week. With the wind reaching over 40 knots, sheets of rain coming down, waterspouts coming off the ocean, and boats falling over in shipyards and…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 22 Jan 2010 | 2:05 pm PST

Slips Available!

By Len Bose

It only seemed like yesterday when I would receive a sales call and the prospect would request, “If you can find me a slip, I will buy a boat from you.” I didn’t hear that request in 2009 and I don’t…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 15 Jan 2010 | 9:39 am PST

2009 Harbor Awards

By Len Bose

2009 BYC Club Champions (l) Dave Ullman, Commodore Allan Andrews and Walker Ban

It was a VERY good holiday for the Bose family. We sold our Nordhavn 62, Jarvis Newman 38 and a 45’ Catamaran in the month of…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 21 Dec 2009 | 1:23 pm PST

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Jiggling Jellyfish

There are fewer moon jellyfish around than earlier in the summer. Have you seen them? Did you know that NASA took some of them into outer space for study?

You may find your answer in our list of FAQs.

We always appreciate your continuing support and valued opinions.

Plastic in the Bay

Fish, birds, and marine mammals are innocent victims when it comes to plastic in the water. Plastic in the bay is just a tide change away from being plastic in the ocean. Please pick some up; help it find a trash can.  Learn more from the people at SCCWRP.  Algalita tells us there is six pounds of plastic floating in the central North Pacific Ocean for every pound of surface zooplankton. Fish, birds, and marine mammals mistake it for food. Scientists performing necropsies on deceased Laysan albatross at Midway Atoll have found so much indigestible plastic in the birds' stomachs there is no room for food. This NMA website is certified powered by 100% wind energy; we're doing what we can to minimize our impact on the environment.

Find previous copies of the News page in Ye Olde News Archive.

About us -

The Newport Mooring Association is responsible for promoting the business and personal interests of mooring permittees and persons holding property, real or personal, adjacent or attached to, residing on, or anchored to tidelands or public property in, upon, or adjacent to Newport Harbor, as those interests relate to the use of the bay area.

Newport Mooring Association
P.O. Box 1118
Newport Beach, CA 92659-0118

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