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Dinghy overcrowding at several Balboa Peninsula public docks will be relieved by dock extensions

Dinghy Dock Extensions
Moving forward!

Your input helped make the difference. At the September Harbor Commission meeting, Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller reported that a contract for Fernando St (*.pdf - 288KB) pdf sm icon, 15th St (*.pdf - 273 KB) pdf sm icon and the 19th St (*.pdf - 264KB) pdf sm icon dock extensions is being negotiated.

The City worked with homeowners adjacent to the 19th St. dock extension to alleviate their concerns about noise, fishing, trash, and parking from the existing public pier. Harbor area boaters, drawn to McFadden wharf area bars and restaurants, need to consider 19th St. neighbors' expectations of peace and quiet around this public access point.

The Harbor Resources staff report (*.pdf - 1.34MB) pdf sm icon on the dinghy dock extension projects contains more information on the projects. Due to success with meeting neighbors' concerns, facilitated by Carter Ford, no further Harbor Commission presentation was required.

Slip Survey

The City's Revenue office sent to real property owners a survey (*.pdf - 314KB) small pdf icon in advance of issuing new pier permits. The survey asks whether pier and slip space is rented and asks permit holders to report vessel identification for the vessels secured. Again, this survey comes from the City's Revenue department.

City ordinance 17.35.020(A)(4) (*.pdf - 297KB) small pdf icon (opens to p. 49) states that shore-connected piers bayward of commercial zones may be rented. If other piers are not to be rented, to raise revenue, will the City elect to issue higher-revenue commercial pier permits to residential users who have rented their piers?

Vessel Pumpout Stations

Here is a handy chart of vessel pumpout stations (*.pdf - 327KB) small pdf icon and public piers around Newport Harbor. The 15th St. pumpout station is operational; it has two redundant systems so it's very likely to be always operational.

Rhine Wharf progress

The City has responded to citizen concerns about noise at the proposed Rhine Wharf dinghy dock after receiving conditional approval (*.pdf - 3.06MB) small pdf icon from the Coastal Commission. At the January 2009 Harbor Commission meeting, Chris Miller reported that the Army Corps reported he would have the City's permit for this public dock before January 16th.

How grows the eelgrass?

At the May 14th Harbor Commission meeting, Chris Miller reported on a CRM contract modification to help document eelgrass (*.pdf - 1.82MB) pdf icon beds in the harbor. Better technology led to the discovery (*.pdf - 1.29MB) pdf icon that there is less eelgrass in the channels than previously reported by the Army Corps of Engineers. Investigation into eelgrass proliferation helps establish a baseline for eelgrass management and mitigation going forward, a key component of the HAMP. You can learn more about the HAMP here.

We always appreciate your continuing support and valued opinions.

Mooring Transfers

The January Harbor Commission meeting saw the presentation of the draft on mooring transferability after a ten-month stop at the City Attorney's office. The document represents hundreds of hours of citizen volunteer and City Staff time updating pertinent sections of City ordinances relating to mooring transfers. This project actually began about a year before the 2007 Orange County Grand Jury investigation of City mooring administration. You are welcome to review the mooring transferability draft (*.pdf - 150KB) pdf sm icon, and Harbor Resources' staff report on it. Following the City Attorney's review of the subcommittee's draft, the document was presented to the Harbor Commission for approval, but the commission recommended it back to the subcommittee for some further consideration of educational institution and sailing club mooring ownership and other details. Perhaps the revised draft might return for a February or March Harbor Commission review. The Log ran a story about the January Harbor Commission meeting at which transferability was addressed. You are encouraged to read the transferability draft itself for clarification.

Harbor Commission Meetings

The Newport Beach Harbor Commission meets on the second Wednesday each month. This month's meeting is May 13th in City Council Chambers at 6PM. Look here for agendas posted the Friday evening before each Harbor Commission meeting. Several days following each meeting, minutes are posted on the same page.

Harbor Resources Updates

Each month, the Harbor Resources Manager presents to the Harbor Commission a very helpful update on projects he is working on. You can find these updates archived here.

Newport Harbor Dredging

Here is a link to the City's dredging and CAD site page. You can click here to a Google search of blogs which discuss Newport Harbor dredging. Or, below, see a Google News live RSS feed button feed on news related to dredging the harbor. If there are any recent stories on this topic, they will appear in the blue box below. For history buffs, click here to a Google News archive query on Newport Harbor dredging.

Dana Point Harbor Receives Stimulus Funding for Breakwater Study - The Log Newspaper
Dana Point Harbor Receives Stimulus Funding for Breakwater StudyThe Log Newspaper, CASeveral harbor projects in Southern California and Arizona are affected by the $184 million appropriated to the two dozen projects. Additional projects assisted by the stimulus package include: $1.5 million for dredging at the mouth of the Los Angeles ...

Publ.Date : Thu, 14 May 2009 23:46:44 GMT
What's The Buzz - Cunningham Report
What's The BuzzCunningham Report, CAPort of Oakland officials say they will be able to finish dredging their harbor to minus 50 feet by the end of the summer, thanks to a recent influx of funds from the federal economic stimulus program... The LA City Council has unanimously rejected a ...

Publ.Date : Mon, 11 May 2009 15:14:19 GMT
Cash infusion will restore 73-year-old bay in OC - OCRegister
Cash infusion will restore 73-year-old bay in OCOCRegister, CAThe $1.7 million will be used by the Army Corps of Engineers for dredging efforts that would deepen Newport Harbor, which has become less navigable as urban runoff brings sediment to the bay floor. While piecemeal work has occurred over the years, ...

Publ.Date : Mon, 18 May 2009 20:28:50 GMT
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