NEWPORT BEACH -- Gardeners will no longer be able to use gas-powered leaf blowers in Newport Beach, once an ordinance the City Council approved Tuesday takes effect.
After the council members' lengthy discussion and the failure of a motion to also ban electric blowers, the council voted 4 to 3 to force groundskeepers to use a more quiet method to collect leaves and debris.
“I hate blowers,” Councilman Rush Hill said. “They just drive us crazy in our house.”
Hill is not alone in the city -- residents in Corona del Mar organized a petition in 2009 and surveyed their neighbors. Their complaints were wide-ranging, including debris falling into the storm drains.