"We're pleased that we've been getting public comments," said
Chris Miller of the city's Harbor Resources Division. "We want to
approach this systematically and with public outreach."
A handful of residents showed up at the Harbor Commission meeting
earlier this month to oppose the city plan. Some said that the
storage racks would create unsightly clutter. Others said they could
create safety risks for children who play there. Others, including
Central Newport Beach Community Assn. President Tom Hyans, said that
the city's plan will result in more trash and pollution.
"The city doesn't take responsibility for the stuff they have
now," Hyans said, adding that he personally cleaned up the area
around the city's existing dinghy storage facility on the bay at 18th
City officials say they want to take these and all other concerns
into consideration in hopes of making it easier for mooring holders
to get to their boats offshore.
The plan now being floated to deal with this problem is to build
15 racks at eight public locations to hold up to 76 dinghies. The
four- and six-unit racks would be at the Fernando Street beach and
pier, the 15th Street beach and pier, the 16th Street beach, the 19th
street beach and pier and at the Lido Bridge public beach area. The
dinghy storage spaces would be available only to mooring permit
holders and the $14-a-month rental would cover the cost of building
and maintaining the stations.
The plan would also let dinghies rest at some public docks for up
to two hours instead of the 20-minute time limit established in most
places. This would give mooring permit holders more time to use their
boats and to take advantage of on-shore amenities.
* JUNE CASAGRANDE covers Newport Beach and John Wayne Airport. She
may be reached at (949) 574-4232 or by e-mail at