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This headline could be misleading

April 09, 2004

decades ago.

The last headline, "Groups demand pollution reduction," in a

reaction to the report of the contaminated fish. Environmental groups

are demanding that the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board

reduce pollutants in San Diego Creek and Newport Harbor. I agree with

the groups, but I have never read where the groups said all is well

so you can increase pollution.



Talk of the town is that I am the guest speaker for Wednesday's

Speak Up Newport meeting. How valuable is Newport Harbor and boating

to us and across the nation? Stop and think who you know that is

employed in the marine industry and those businesses that generate

revenue from boating. That will be the major topic of my talk, but we

will have some fun too. Both boat shows this month in Newport have

nearly sold out of vendor space, and what an economic boost to our

local economy.

I expect to see you at the Speak Up Newport meeting at 6 p.m.

April 14 at the Newport Beach Yacht Club on Bayside Drive next to the

Balboa Island Bridge.

Tune in to my "Boathouse Radio Show" this and every Sunday from 4

to 5 p.m. on KCBQ-AM (1170), or listen over the Internet at


You can call in to the toll-free listener line at (888) 344-1170

and join in on Southern California's only boating talk radio show,

broadcasting along the coast from San Diego to Oxnard and out to

Santa Catalina Island.

Safe voyages.

* MIKE WHITEHEAD is the Pilot's boating and harbor columnist. Send

him e-mail to or visit

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