Editor’s note: The following is an open letter to the Newport Beach City Council.
On behalf of others and myself I am contacting you and the other members of the council to address our concerns regarding your new ordinance regulating the anchorage in the Pacific Ocean off Corona del Mar Beach. Most of us were unable to attend in person the meetings you held on this matter. We are addressing our concerns first to you with the hope that this matter can be resolved quickly.
I, a small group of local cruising sailors, and potentially an innumerable amount of national and international sailors are about to be severely impacted by your new ordinance. This ordinance stipulates, among other things, that no vessel may anchor there for more than 72 hours within a 30-day period and that the vessel must be continuously occupied with the exception of one three-hour shore leave per day.