Category Archives: Harbor Issues

Topics affecting current or future use of Newport Harbor

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Another Opinion on Mooring Fees

A mooring permittee has asked that NMA disseminate his mooring fee analysis and suggested Council Action by posting here the materials that he has collected and written. Consistent with our policy of transparency and encouraging open dialogue, we routinely post materials that we receive and are pleased to do so. Such postings are the opinions solely of the authors thereof. Click through to read what he has to say.

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Come to City Council Meeting Tuesday Night

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Please come to the Newport Beach City Council meeting 2016-01-26. Photo: Byron Grams

Please come to the City Council meeting tomorrow night:

Tuesday, January 26th 2016 at 7 pm

Newport Beach City Council Chambers
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Newport Beach City Hall Community Room

Update from the NMA on Action on Mooring Rates and Transferability – 2015-12-31

(This is being communicated by posting on the Newport Mooring Association Website and by emailing directly to those who have provided NMA with their email addresses.)

We are very pleased to report that it appears highly likely that the long awaited mooring fee reduction will be implemented by the City in January. Here briefly is the background: As requested by the Newport Beach City Council at its June 16th Special Meeting, City Staff replied to the inquiry from the State Lands Commission (SLC). In addition NMA provided its own extensive report. The SLC recently responded to the City with further questions regarding both transferability privileges and support for the $35 /ft fee rate set by the City. We understand that Staff has addressed those questions successfully.

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On 13 August, The Log writes that the Regional Water Quality Control Board is seeking boater input on the Board’s aggressive copper TMDL reduction proposal for Newport Harbor.

This comes on the heels of the scoping meeting held 23 July at which the Board outlined its proposal to reduce copper in Newport Harbor by 83 percent within 15 years. The boating advocacy group, RBoC, alerted area boaters of the scoping meeting and the importance of being heard on these issues. RBoC points out that this initiative can have significant economic impact on owners of boats kept in the bay. If you own a boat which is not stored on a trailer or dolly, this means you!

RBOC Wants You To Know About Copper TMDLs

Subject: Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) Meeting Announcement, Thursday, July 23rd, 1:30 - 3:30 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM - PLEASE POST!

Attention All Boaters!

July 23 Meeting – Copper and Metals in Newport Bay

The Santa Ana Water Quality Control Board in Riverside has added Newport Harbor to its list of impaired water bodies. It is on a mission to reduce copper by 83% and is has targeted the source of this copper to copper-based antifouling hull paint on recreational boats! There is no effective or cost-efficient alternate source for antifouling hull paint. The paint manufacturers do have a non-copper-based paint that they freely admit doesn't work and lasts about 10 months. The folks that scrub the bottom of boats in 2-week intervals have to scrub once a week to keep the marine growth away. If you have a 30-40 foot boat, this could cost you an additional $1,500-$2,000 a year, every year! We don't have the capacity in the boat yards to even come close to handling this many boat haul-outs and repaintings.

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City Council Unanimous Support 2015-06-16

Mostly good news!

A standing room only crowd turned out for the City Council meeting. Commissioner Avery did an expert job presenting the Harbor Commission proposal, Patricia Newton shared an excellent PowerPoint presentation on behalf of the NMA, twenty or thirty speakers presented their thoughts, and the issue then was discussed by the Council.

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Carter Ford

June 8, 2015

Updated: Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 10am

Newport Beach City Council Meeting on Moorings

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 5:00 PM
Meeting agenda on City web site
Moorings staff report
NMA postcard notification / meeting notice.

Newport Beach Civic Center – Council Chambers

100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Special City Council Meeting: Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 5:00 PM
Meeting WILL BE AT City Hall.
Free parking available in adjacent City parking structure.

We understand the Harbor Commission’s moorings report, requested by City Council, will be presented and discussed a week from now, on TODAY, Tuesday, June 16th. Unofficial Current news is that there will probably not be a study session at 3:00 or 4:00 but instead, a special meeting commencing at 5PM on June 16, followed by a break, then the evening action session which begins at 7:00PM. We will post updates here as possible. Subscribe to email updates!

Public Comments Will Be Allowed

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Gribble Letter to City Council May 2015

Dear Mayor Pro Tem Diane Dixon,

My name is Dan Gribble. I am a local resident since 1959, a marine business owner, an active boater, and a mooring owner. I grew up in Newport Beach, sailing on these waters since I was five years old, and with the exception of a few years off at college and elsewhere, have lived, worked, and played in this area my entire life. I would like to address the matter of mooring transferability, a right which was taken away by the previous Newport Beach City Council several years ago, and which is now being reconsidered.

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About Mooring Changes

At its meeting on April 7, the Harbor Commission decided to recommend to City Council an annual mooring permit fee of $25/ft, down from $55/ft, and return to transferability within limits. They came to their decisions after studying and listening to lots of information over a two month period. Four meetings of two hours each were held; between fifty and one hundred citizens participated in each session assuring a diversity of opinion and comments. Dozens of citizens spoke.

The NMA also drafted a position statement describing what we think is fair, responsible mooring management. The task now is to ensure that the public and City Council have easy access to resources so they can come to their own informed opinions. There are important key points that need reinforcement. These are:

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