City Seeks Mooring Permit Holder Volunteers
The Harbor Commission MVMS ad hoc committee seeks volunteers to
test drive floating docks during the one year pilot project in Newport Harbor. Permit holders are welcome to volunteer use of mooring location for their own floating dock use (no extra charge), or for use by others (rental by City). Own mooring tackle would be replaced by City, as is, where is, on the project’s completion, at City's expense. During the one year pilot project, own ballast and tackle would be replaced with City–purchased gear suitably rated to hold the City’s floating dock and boats tied to it.
The pilot project would be presented to City Council for approval around June. Subject to approval, about six floating docks would be placed in Newport Harbor thereafter, beginning the one year trial. Permit holders would still be required to pay permit fee for the mooring as though it were set with own tackle but would tie to floating dock instead.
If you think your boat may not fare as well side–tied to a floating dock as it does suspended between fore and aft mooring pendants, you may not want to volunteer your mooring. The pilot project does not have funding to cover damage to your vessel should your fenders ride up above the floating dock in a windstorm.
No Power, No Water
The floating docks to be deployed for the pilot project will most likely not have electrical power or water plumbed to them. In the committee’s opinion, providing these amenities to the floating docks was too challenging, too expensive.
As mentioned previously, one permit holder in H Field has volunteered his mooring (H-81) for the test. Access to adjacent moorings will enable an important goal of the project, which is to study area required for safe use of adjacent floating docks. In J Field, the City holds J-51 and J-28, so pilot testing on J-52, J-27, or J-29, moorings adjacent to City–owned ones, would complement project goals. The City can use up to three moorings it holds in C Field (C-32, C-34, C-36), but these are not side by side adjacent. Therefore, the City seeks to use at least one of C-31, C-33, or C-35, which sit between the City moorings.
Due to proximity to the Harbor Resources office, to enable easier observation, one or two D Field moorings near Basin Marine (of D-29, D-34, D-36, D-38, D-42, D-54, or D-55) would be especially appreciated for the pilot project. Moorings rated at 50 feet or greater are needed.
How Did We Get Here?
The ad hoc committee was not assigned to investigate a service or amenity that would better meet needs of mooring permit holders. It was formed specifically to propose a pilot program to test floating docks in Newport Harbor at the request of Mayor Rush Hill, who stated it was his desire to see the City
provide more services to mooring permit holders. Your NMA representatives have shared results of the survey and poll that you participated in on this site, both in meetings of the ad hoc committee and through this website. The survey and poll show that, for 85% of permit holders, floating docks is the lowest priority item of things the City could do for moorings. Nearly everyone shared the opinion that serviceable work docks which could be used by mooring users would better align with needs. A few people also wanted nothing from the City.
What Are Your Thoughts?
We invite your comment here and encourage you to write Harbor Resources with constructive comments, or come to a meeting if you can.