NEWPORT BEACH — Balboa Peninsula residents are beginning to learn the hard way that there's always a price to pay for living so close to the water.
And sometimes the price tag isn't just biannual property taxes, or hefty monthly mortgages.
Sometimes, it can be as simple as the real possibility of having to feed parking meters — in front of their own houses along East Bay Avenue and East Balboa Boulevard under a tentative city plan.
"We're already burdened with the influx of out-of-towners. We have vandalism, crime, drunkenness, disturbances, and already there's no parking because of people coming down here to visit," said Mark Carlozzi, a resident of East Bay Drive. "What, now our reward for living here all these years is that we have to pay for our own parking in front of our houses, too?"
Such anger was evident last week when a group of property owners turned out at the Newport Beach City Council meeting and cried foul at a proposal by the city to install dozens of parking meters in the vicinity of Balboa Village.