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Mooring Fees Proposal to Be Shared in Council Study Session

The originally proposed (draft) tripling of mooring fees will now be proposed as a 150% (or 2.5x) increase taken in steps over five years. A single transfer between individuals may be made in the next five year period, following which is the likelihood that transferability will end. The mechanism to transfer moorings, beyond the single transfer or the five years-from-now window, has not been named.

The NMA did propose alternative evaluation methodologies for valuing mooring permits at the City's request, but these valuation methods were dismissed, and the City still declines to commission a formal, informed appraisal. No surprise to mooring permit holders, City ordinance (See 17.60.40 [F]) and longstanding custom and practice has enabled transfer of moorings between individuals. The form for such transfer (pdf - 420KB) pdf icon is part of the recently executed contract with the Harbor Department for mooring management.

However, the City's new preference may be to not allow transfers. Council members on the Ad-Hoc Committee on Mooring Fees have characterized transfers as illegal and black market. In about half of southern California harbors with moorings, transfers between individuals are permitted, and are not therein regarded with pejorative terms. Current City Attorney Hunt previously worked for the City of Morro Bay, in which City mooring transfer practice was substantially similar to that currently allowed in Newport Beach.

The City cites high transfer price as suggestive that mooring permit fees are below market. Those who hold a mooring permit understand the value of a mooring…the dollars saved from not having to pay onerous Newport slip rent have tangible present value. How long you hold the mooring determines how much you save versus a slip. Many hundreds of hours were invested by City Staff, the former City Attorney, and volunteers to tighten up current mooring regulations, but that draft has languished in the City Council's Bay Issues Ad-Hoc Committee.

Problems resolved in the Chapter 17 rewrite include thoughtful approaches which would put dollar-mongering mooring brokers out of business, enable long–term rental by non–permit holders, and a more equitable transfer fee for the City. That draft (pdf - 150KB) pdf icon has been posted here on the NMA site for nearly two years, available to all interested parties. No answer has ever been given about why that work has been shelved.

If the City's proposal to change your 40 foot mooring fee from $800 per year ($20/ft) to $2000 per year ($50/ft) will put boating out of reach for you, your elected officials need to hear from you. If they don't hear from you, they may think they are on the right track with moorings. None of the City Council members own moorings, so they may not be aware of how they work, or that the system works.

Click to the latest mooring fees page with background information, updates and the City Manager's proposal to be presented to City Council at a November 9th study session in Council Chambers. Read carefully and thoughtfully. You are encouraged to speak succinctly (you will not have more than a few minutes) at the study session.

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.

November 9 Study Session

City Council heard the Ad-Hoc Committee's presentation on mooring fees and transferability for the first time. The study session was continued to November 23 to provide access for more people to speak. The issue has been scheduled for regular City Council session meeting and vote on November 23rd. Only a fraction of the standing room only assembly had been able to speak due to Council's tight schedule; those who wish to speak on November 23 may do so in public comment period on the item. Please check back before the meeting to see whether time will be permitted for discussion in that day's study session prior to the 7 pm meeting. For more information and documentation on this issue, please see the mooring fees page which will be updated as information becomes available. Please plan to come to the November 23rd study session regular Council meeting to be heard. Please study the documentation available on the mooring fees page and watch the study session video to come up to speed with the dialogue on this issue.

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 October 2010 Update (pdf--1.58MB) 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 Staff Meeting

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 8 Dec 2010 | 8:55 am PST

Building Department

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 8 Dec 2010 | 7:41 am PST

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 6 Dec 2010 | 10:46 am PST

Building Department

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 3 Dec 2010 | 9:00 am PST

Building Department

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 30 Nov 2010 | 10:20 am PST

Field Conditions

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 22 Nov 2010 | 11:08 am PST

Building Department

Source: City of Newport Beach News
Published: 10 Nov 2010 | 2:49 pm PST

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Annoying seagrass invading Newport Bay - Los Angeles Times

Eelgrass, a type of seagrass found throughout Southern California bays, lines the shore in many parts of Newport Harbor and provides refuge and food for ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 12 Dec 2010 | 8:23 am PST

Lights on for boat parade - Daily Pilot

For land-lovers there's the Ring of Lights, where homes surrounding Newport Harbor try to outshine each other in elaborate Christmas light decorations.…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 11 Dec 2010 | 6:11 pm PST

Discount Websites Combining - Orange County Business Journal

DealPerk's perk of the day Friday was an $87, two-hour boat tour of Newport Harbor for eight people. Screamin Daily Deals offers a Newport Harbor cruise for ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 10 Dec 2010 | 12:09 pm PST

Ending a 'Loophole' — or Just Raising Fees? - The Log Newspaper

Look for slip vacancies at area marinas to disappear — but expect plenty of empty moorings to start appearing in Newport Harbor. This article first ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 9 Dec 2010 | 9:33 am PST

NB Mooring Fees to Triple; No More 'Sales' - The Log Newspaper

Under the new plan, if a boater purchases a vessel on a Newport Harbor mooring, he or she will no longer be able to “buy” the right to long-term use of that ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 8 Dec 2010 | 12:09 pm PST

Newport council raises another set of boating fees - Daily Pilot

Two weeks ago it raised the rates for pubic moorings, and it plans to assess other harbor users, council members said. For a 40-foot slip at the yacht basin ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 6 Dec 2010 | 10:26 pm PST

A private enclave clings to its splendid isolation - Los Angeles Times

Bay Island, once the only isle in Newport Harbor, has 23 houses and no public access. Residents want to keep it that way. Actress Helena Modjeska bought the ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 4 Dec 2010 | 5:00 pm PST

Fee hike targets marina tenants - Daily Pilot

NEWPORT BEACH — As the city continues to raise fees from users of Newport Harbor, the latest targets are tenants of the city-owned and -managed Balboa ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 3 Dec 2010 | 9:25 pm PST

How to Have a Safe Christmas Boat Parade


I cannot believe that it is time again for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, with only 12 more days to the first night.  It is also time again for my tips to help you safely decorate your boat for this year's theme "Lights, Camera ... Christmas in Newport…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 3 Dec 2010 | 8:15 am PST

The Harbor Report: Counting Newport Harbor's amazing boats - Daily Pilot

Especially to the mooring permit holders of Newport Harbor. These vendors are people I have learned to trust over my 23 years on the harbor, and I hope you ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 2 Dec 2010 | 7:13 pm PST

A Parade of Holiday Boat Parades


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I just threw away my bathroom scale after the daylong feast.

It reminds me of the long-distance yacht deliveries where I am known by my crew for stocking the vessel's bridge with munchies to help us keep alert on watch. I think…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 2 Dec 2010 | 7:44 am PST

Yacht clubs' mooring arrangement stands - Daily Pilot

NEWPORT BEACH — While the City Council reformed aspects of its harbor mooring management on Nov. 23, it left intact one of the practices identified by a ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 30 Nov 2010 | 8:23 pm PST

Council triples mooring fees - Daily Pilot

... NEWPORT BEACH — Despite an outcry from dozens of angry boaters, the City Council on Tuesday night voted to triple Newport Harbor mooring fees and to ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 24 Nov 2010 | 10:12 am PST

Navigation: These Days, It’s All in the Timing


I really thought about how important time is to navigation, after reading Tom Johnson’s column, “Time Out in CdM,” in last week’s Newport Beach Indy about the clock displaying an hour off on the Indy’s building. 

I am referring to timekeeping by a clock versus the other meaning of…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 22 Nov 2010 | 10:49 pm PST

Mailbag: Boat owners should pay their own way - Daily Pilot

Mooring charges in Newport Harbor should be revenue neutral and not be subsidized by the non-boat owners of the city ("Newport could say no to bigger boats ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 22 Nov 2010 | 7:27 pm PST

The Harbor Report: Longing for simple life of small clubhouse - Daily Pilot

Is this sailing nirvana still possible in Newport Harbor? Well, let's just say I would have more chance of transferring a mooring permit for what I paid for ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 18 Nov 2010 | 9:55 pm PST

Mooring debate stays afloat - Daily Pilot

Newport Mooring Assn. members some bayfront homeowners, like Donald Bren, should help and pay more for docks. NEWPORT BEACH — If some Newport Harbor ...…

Source:: NMA Newport Harbor News
Published: 16 Nov 2010 | 8:45 pm PST

Upper Bay Dredging Done – Next Up, the Lower Bay

Cutting the ribbon on the newly restored Back Bay were, from left, OC Supervisor John Moorlach, Mayor Keith Curry, Rep. Ed Royce, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Col. Mark Toy, Theresa Stewart of the state Department of Fish and Game, and Councilmember Leslie Daigle. Photo by Jim…

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 10 Nov 2010 | 6:12 am PST

Tips for a Safe Christmas Boat Parade


Believe it or not, it is time again for all boaters to starting thinking about how you are going to decorate your boat for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, scheduled this year from Dec. 15 to 19. 

You can begin planning your vessel's decorations for this year’s theme. …

Source:: On the Waterfront
Published: 5 Nov 2010 | 12:48 pm PDT

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