The name "Walking" Don Webb is familiar to many in Newport Beach, especially to those at home during the late-morning hours who have witnessed the straw-capped figure coasting by their property.
What many people are not familiar with, however, is that the 71-year-old Georgia native and Newport city councilman is on his fifth circuit walking every street in Newport Beach — an estimated 500 miles.
"I was a little lazy in the past," Webb said of his citywide explorations, which began in 1990.
The walks usually take Webb up to two and a half years to complete, he explained.
"For 2010, I wanted to logically organize the walk with my last year on City Council," he said.
Webb announced in December 2009 that he would walk every street in the city before the end of his eighth year on the City Council at the end of this year.
Although not many people are around to talk to in the late morning hours — and Webb wishes there were more — one rare pedestrian did stop Webb on Tuesday to ask the big question on most people's minds when they hear of "Walking" Don.