Be aware of the freeloader

September 16, 2002

Selling a property in Newport Beach? Think twice before you open

the door of your open house to just anyone.

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, members were discussing real

estate signs when Councilman Steve Bromberg made a confession.

"My wife and I love to go to open houses. We're not looking for a

house. We just love to go."




Just when you thought it was safe to open the newspaper, we could

be due for a duck redux. Just three weeks after Newport Beach

officials rounded up and deported about 60 ducks from the Grand

Canal, some others have heard the siren song of a certain Balboa

Island home. About 20 ducks have been congregating there in recent

days to enjoy the free food and water. And of course, they've left

behind a mess.

The solution: More of the same. City officials are considering

whether to once again swoop down, scoop 'em up and send them to San

Bernardino County. That's where most of the 60 original refugees are

said to still be squawking about, with only a few of their feathered

friends reported as AWOL.

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