latest, roughly $2 million, will dredge waterways in Newport Harbor
and dredge to help restore the ecology of the Back Bay.
Cox also secured another $1 million toward a cover for the Big
Cox's dredging efforts have been noticed -- so noticed that
leaders of Newport Beach, as well as of the county, toasted the
14-year congressman last month against a Back Bay backdrop.
It was there that he said, "This is, in fact, a celebration of the
return of a significant portion of our tax dollars back home. We have
been more successful in the past year obtaining federal funding for
Newport Beach than in all my years in Congress."
And that has been Cox's strength in Congress: helping return
Newport Beach taxes to Newport for mostly dredging projects.
In October 2000, the congressman helped ferry legislation through
the House that will give the city $21 million over the next two
decades to consistently remove sediment from the bay.
What Cox's efforts do is alleviate at least one worry from the
minds of city officials. Instead of searching for money for dredging
projects, Cox constantly sends through legislation with a million
here and a million there.
Cox has become the go-to guy when it comes to water-related
projects in Newport Beach and, for that, he should constantly be