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Mooring Fees Under Examination

Details are developing fast on mooring fees; faster than we have been able to share here on the websiite. The ad-hoc Committee on Mooring Fees agreed to postpone its suggestion to City Council on September 28 what could amount to a proposed tripling of mooring fees paid to the City. The NMA has been tasked with proposing alternative evaluation methodology for valuing mooring permits as the City has declined to commission a formal, informed appraisal. That is the appraisal we notified you about in Feb/March 2010 (see two stories down this page). NMA Secretary Bill Moses prepared this PowerPoint presentation which gives you an overview of the pace of this evolution and some perspective on its direction. Mark Sites takes a look at the question of harbor fees from a different perspective...his new posting is well-written and compelling. If you subscribe to our RSS feed, you saw the draft City Council resolution which created the ad hoc committee on harbor fees on July 23, but for those who haven't seen it, it's here.

Moorings Management Finalized

Updated 3:11PM Wednesday, July 7, 2010 On June 22, Newport Beach City Council finalized the contract award to the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol for mooring management. The item passed as #14 on that evening's consent calendar. The agreement runs for five years with $180,000 paid to the Harbor Patrol in the first year. That fee will increase in subsequent years. It's likely that the increase will be passed through to mooring permit holders; this should amount to about $70 per permit per year. This decision was subsequently upheld by the Orange County Board of Supervisors on June 29.

Sheriff Hutchens' and Lt. Long's commitments to work with the City to meet City service requirements as well as the needs of local boaters, along with the Sheriff's offer to phase in a proposed fee increase over a five year span, sealed the deal. Having the Orange County Sheriff on the front lines enhances not only boater service quality but also community safety. Recent headlines about drug and human smuggling interdictions in local waters underscore the wisdom of the City Council's decision.

Source Material

If you are inclined to learn more about this decision, you are welcome to read the City Council minutes from the June 22, 2010 meeting, as well as the staff report (pdf - 1.13MB) pdf icon on the issue.

Fees study/appraisal

February 2010 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

In March 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

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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.

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?

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 have not shown up in force yet, but moored boats and private piers throughout the harbor remain prime targets. 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.

Annual Meeting

The NMA annual meeting at the American Legion Hall on Monday, May 3rd drew about 100 members eager to catch up on issues from mooring administration and the Coastal Marinas permits to the mooring administration redraft, dinghy dock exensions, and transferability. Presentations from Bill Moses, Carter Ford, Lt. Mark Long, Harbor Resources Director Chris Miller, and Harbor Commmissioner Karen Rhyne brought everyone up to date. The smart few who stayed for the most reasonably priced dinner on the bay out back had the best time!

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:

Wednesday, 1 September, at 6PM

upstairs at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. You are welcome to park across Bay Avenue in the parking lot.

NMA Members are welcome to attend!

Newport Harbor Yacht Club

720 West Bay Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 763-7730

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 June 2010 Update (pdf--2.43 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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Building Department

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 2 Nov 2010 | 7:58 am PDT

Operation Christmas

Source: News RSS Feed - City of Newport Beach
Published: 1 Nov 2010 | 8:00 am PDT

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 25 Oct 2010 | 12:42 pm PDT

Field Conditions

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Published: 22 Oct 2010 | 12:11 pm PDT

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 21 Oct 2010 | 10:18 am PDT

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 20 Oct 2010 | 11:45 am PDT

Field Conditions

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Published: 19 Oct 2010 | 8:15 am PDT

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 15 Oct 2010 | 11:07 am PDT

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 15 Oct 2010 | 10:57 am PDT

Upcoming CERT events

Source: News RSS Feed - City of Newport Beach
Published: 14 Oct 2010 | 12:00 am PDT

Building Department Staff Meeting

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 13 Oct 2010 | 8:43 am PDT

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The Harbor Report: Many festivities to be enjoyed - Daily Pilot

... the headhunters and man-eating piranha appear. On Tuesday, the Newport City Council will have a mooring proposal brought it that features these suggestions:…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 4 Nov 2010 | 6:57 pm PDT

Newport Harbor vs. Marina - Daily Pilot

Newport Harbor has been outscored by a combined 37-0 over its last two games, losses to Los Alamitos and Edison … Newport Harbor, which plays Fountain ...Daily Pilot…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 3 Nov 2010 | 11:11 pm PDT

Boating fees may surge in Newport Beach - OCRegister

NEWPORT BEACH – Boaters who use moorings in Newport Harbor would see their fees rise by hundreds of dollars in coming years under a plan ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 3 Nov 2010 | 3:13 pm PDT

Laughter on and 'Noises Off' at Newport Harbor - OCRegister

Newport Harbor's "Noises Off: not only brought audiences to tear-provoking laughter, but also to a sense of sympathy as the harmonious cast ...OCRegister…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 1 Nov 2010 | 8:03 am PDT

Proposed Fishing Ban Another Limit on Public Access


Boating and fishing are ranked the No. 1 way to spend quality family time together as shown by a national survey conduct by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.  A surprising 35% of American adults responded that boating and fishing are tops, with playing team sports a distant second…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 29 Oct 2010 | 4:12 pm PDT

Committee Discusses Changes for Mariner's Mile - The Log Newspaper

The committee is responsible for reviewing Newport Harbor fees — including private dock permit and guest mooring fees — to eventually recommend updated ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 28 Oct 2010 | 4:30 pm PDT

Navigating the Harbor Entrance


Over the weekend, as I mentioned in my column last Friday, our local American Legion Post 291 hosted the Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired that was organized by the Women’s Ocean Racing and Sailing Association.  I want to personally tip my Captain’s hat and say thank you…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 21 Oct 2010 | 7:06 pm PDT

A Special Day on the Bay


An inspiring sailing event will be underway at the American Legion Post tomorrow, Oct. 16, when anxious and eager soon-to-be sailors help steer the boats, adjust sheet and halyard lines, and feel the thrill of sailing with all the sensations of wind and motion.  The event is the Sail…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 15 Oct 2010 | 11:23 pm PDT

The Harbor Report: A tribute to two harbor heroes - Daily Pilot

From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Tuesday, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum is introducing an "Extraordinary People" exhibit featuring Scandone. ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 14 Oct 2010 | 7:27 pm PDT

Committee Recommends Time Limits for Dock Users - The Log Newspaper

Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller and members of the Newport Mooring Association gathered input from dock users. “The goal is to bring a recommendation ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 13 Oct 2010 | 11:49 am PDT

SoCal Bug Season Crawling Along - FishRap News

In the Newport Harbor area, it was pretty slow on bugs for guys trying the area outside the breakwall. The key to finding lobsters while hoop-netting is to ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 13 Oct 2010 | 10:34 am PDT

Fee Increase Looms Over Harbor Moorings


A very volatile and deep-rooted topic is floating around among boaters in Newport Harbor and especially among those who keep their boats on mooring cans in the harbor.  The issue is so significant that I have heard of some who have put off buying boats, even in this economy,…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 8 Oct 2010 | 11:22 pm PDT

On Your Marks, Get Set …


I love to eat Panulirus interruptus.

Before your imagination runs too wild, let me tell you that is a species of clawless lobster common in our coastal waters, the California spiny lobster, and they will begin showing up on dinner plates starting tomorrow, Oct. 2, when our local recreational…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 1 Oct 2010 | 11:21 pm PDT

Boat Show Goes On Despite Economic Low Tide


The 32nd Annual Lido Yacht Expo is underway at the Lido Marina Village, and the show is a major Southern California boat show geared towards big boats and the related equipment.  This year during these difficult economic times there will be more than 250 boats on display in the…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 24 Sep 2010 | 11:17 pm PDT

Boat Show Is Boon to Businesses As Well As Boaters


I have had numerous inquiries asking about the new docks being installed out into the turning basin from Lido Marina Village.  Well, twice a year, temporary docks occupy this section of the harbor: for the upcoming Lido Yacht Expo every fall and then the Newport Boat Show held in…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 17 Sep 2010 | 11:16 pm PDT

Whale Watching: Safety First – the Whale’s, That Is


The whales are here and whale watching is excellent this year, with boaters reporting sightings directly off Newport’s coast. 

I am accustomed to seeing whales during yacht deliveries, especially when I am cruising just south of San Francisco or inPacific Northwest waters.  But whales are curious creatures, and from…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 10 Sep 2010 | 5:48 am PDT

Digressing Through Labor Day Weekend


Most of you will be reading this column while enjoying the Labor Day weekend that officially signals the end of the summer season.  This summer has been great for boating, with mild temperatures, no hurricane swells reaching our waters and a moderate wind blowing in the afternoons for the…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 3 Sep 2010 | 5:47 am PDT

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