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Moorings Management Not a Done Deal

In March we wrote about the City's RFP for mooring management; the City subsequently announced it would propose (to City Council) that management of moorings in Newport Harbor be awarded to Bellport Group. The City's decision was fundamentally based on Bellport's bid to provide mooring management for about $100,000 less than the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Department bid. The Sheriff has handled this responsibility under contract for at least 25 years with broad admiration for a job well done.

This led to a flurry of media coverage (catch up on it in last month's RSS feed) and further discussion in the MMPSC meeting. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens herself came to that meeting, along with Lt. Mark Long, Orange County Harbormaster, and she eloquently assured those present that OCSD was willing to sharpen its pencil, to work with the City on pricing toward a mutually beneficial understanding that would allow the Sheriffs to continue to provide mooring management.

It turns out the OCSD provides three lifeguard boat slips for free to the City, worth about $30k/year. The OCSD may also be willing to turn over the $5/day rents collected on mooring rentals to the City—which last year amounted to about another $30k. Here's the kicker: the NMA's 2010 mooring fee survey showed that other harbors charge $10/day for transient mooring rentals. If the City elected to raise that fee to match other harbors, and the $30k collected last year became $60k this year, the difference between Bellport's bid and OCSD's bid quickly becomes nominal. (Math recap: Slips, $30k, plus Mooring rent, $60k, equals $90k, versus bid differential of about $100k) How does saving nominal dollars make a change from 24/7/365 law-enforcement-grade service from the Sheriff, to privatized service from Bellport, look? Apparently there will be an opportunity for the public to speak on this topic before City Council. We'll keep you posted here.

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

Last month we told you about the Coastal Marina permit proposal by the SWRCB. The RBOC put the word out that marina operators and yacht clubs needed to write the SWRCB immediately on this proposal. Since the RBOC Call to Arms the SWRCB has come to the negotiating table with the people who run the Clean Marinas program. This voluntary program is a public–private partnership of marina operators who foster Best Management Practices in marinas statewide. The SWRCB is considering whether the Clean Marinas program can implement enough of its requirements, through voluntary compliance, to obviate the requirement of Coastal Marina permits.

Randy Short, president of Almar Marinas, called the Coastal Marinas Permit the biggest threat to the marina industry in 20 years. The RBOC opinion is that the current reprieve from the SWRCB, while it’s investigating the Clean Marinas initiative, warrants immediate laying–down of pens; so please, no more letters until further advised!

2010 Mooring Fee Survey

The NMA has updated the NMA mooring fee survey (best version for printing – pdf – 819KB pdf icon) for harbors in southern California. Or read the mooring fees survey in web page format with clickable links. It shows what harbors elsewhere in California charge for a mooring permit. It also includes berth fees, liveaboards, and transferability. 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.

Annual Meeting – All Mooring Permit Holders

The NMA board has scheduled the annual meeting of members; all mooring permit holders are urged to attend. The topic is the City's renewed commitment to take a methodical look at raising fees related to moorings. The date will be 03 May 2010, 1800 hours; location ALYC at 15th Street on the Balboa Peninsula. Please alert your fellow mooring neighbors that the April meeting date previously posted here has been changed. Here are the particulars:

May 03, 2010 68:30pm : NMA annual meeting at American Legion Yacht Club (click to location on Google Maps).  Click meeting place address to save to Outlook: 215 East 15th St, Newport Beach, California, 92663. Phone: (949) 673-5070.

Booked by: on 19 Apr 2010 4:38pm

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, Apr. 6, 2010, at 18:00 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 March 2010 Update (pdf--508 KB) 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.

City of Newport Beach Live RSS Feed

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Civic Center Work Begins May 11

Source: News RSS Feed - City of Newport Beach
Published: 6 May 2010 | 12:00 am PDT

Building Department

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 4 May 2010 | 11:58 am PDT

Detweiler Wins Leadership Award

Source: News RSS Feed - City of Newport Beach
Published: 28 Apr 2010 | 4:00 pm PDT

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 22 Apr 2010 | 9:42 am PDT

Building Department Staff Meeting

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 21 Apr 2010 | 9:01 am PDT

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 12 Apr 2010 | 12:45 pm PDT

Building Department Staff Meeting

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 7 Apr 2010 | 11:50 am PDT

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 5 Apr 2010 | 1:47 pm PDT

Building Department

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 31 Mar 2010 | 8:57 am PDT

Building Department Staff Meeting

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 24 Mar 2010 | 8:34 am PDT

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Newport Harbor Live RSS News Feed

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A visit with Dave Beek at Island Marine Fuel

By Len Bose

Island Marine FuelDave Beek, Island Marine Fuel

While walking the docks this week, it's always interesting to hear the whine of buffing machines. It kind of reminds me of a return of a migrating bird, but it sure feels good to see everyone working.

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 6 May 2010 | 11:45 am PDT

Prepare for pinniped presence - Daily Pilot

The annual wave of sea lions is expected to make their way into Newport Harbor in May and stay through October. This year, the city is has stiffer penalties ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 29 Apr 2010 | 8:12 pm PDT

Sea Lion Night Patrols to Resume - The Log Newspaper

NEWPORT BEACH -- Jumbo-size visiting sea lions who seem set on calling Newport Harbor “home” this summer have been warned. If they are caught hauling out on ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 28 Apr 2010 | 8:57 am PDT

Say it ain’t so, Gordo!

By Len Bose

Gordon of West MarineGordon "Gordo" Christie of West MarineIt’s Wednesday, it’s windy, raining and I just made it through my morning sales calls. Now, I have to write my harbor column. Everyone knows where to get a weather report and that the Ensenada Race starts…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 22 Apr 2010 | 2:57 pm PDT

I Sea You!

By Len Bose

Len and BinocularsOnce a week I walk through our local shipyards just to make sure I am not missing anything and to keep in contact with all…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 15 Apr 2010 | 10:05 am PDT

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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.

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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.  green badgeLearn 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.

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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.

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

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