The dredging in the Back Bay is underway once again, and that is good news for Newport Harbor and should be headlines. However, I cannot believe the animosity being released against the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol in the aftermath of a patrol boat hitting Rupert.
For those who missed the story, Rupert was a black swan who was known as the harbor's unofficial mascot. Unfortunately, Rupert was killed after being struck by a patrol boat responding to a call that a body was floating in the water near the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Many letters in the Pilot's Forum section are lambasting the deputy who was at the helm. Most say that the Harbor Patrol consistently speeds around the harbor out of control and that this led to Rupert's demise.