Dinghy Dock Extensions
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)
, 15th St (*.pdf - 273 KB)
and the 19th St (*.pdf - 264KB)
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) 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.
The City's Revenue office sent to real property owners a survey (*.pdf - 314KB) 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) (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) 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) from the Coastal Commission. This project is now pending Army Corps evaluation of that outreach.
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) beds in the harbor. Better technology led to the discovery (*.pdf - 1.29MB) 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.
Clean Boating Act of 2008 Passes!
And it received the President's signature!
Mercifully, no new EPA permits for boats will be required!
In a rare show of bipartisan support, both the House and Senate passed S. 2766, which saves 17 million American boaters from having to procure ludicrous EPA permits for things such as rainwater discharge from boat decks.
Thank you Congress!. For more, click.
Harbor Commission Meetings
The Newport Beach Harbor Commission meets on the second Wednesday each month. The October 2008 meeting date has been changed to October 15. Time is 4PM, not the usual hour. 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 Google News live feed on news related to dredging the harbor.
Time Limit May be Imposed at Corona del Mar Anchorage The Log Newspaper, CA - Nov 26, 2008 The issue was brought before the Newport Beach Harbor Commission in July, when the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol requested input on the issue from ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 26 Nov 2008 16:57:35 GMT
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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.
Newport Mooring Association
P.O. Box 1118
Newport Beach, CA 92659-0118