The Newport Beach City Council in January voted to ban people from scavenging recyclables and other items of value from trash containers.
"With the enactment of the new Collection of Garbage and Recyclables Ordinance, the Newport Beach Police Department hopes to significantly reduce the number of intentional scavengers on private and public property," according to the police statement. "Enforcement efforts will include citations and/or arrests, and the seizure of all recyclable property determined to have been collected within the city limits. Recent arrests have confirmed that many of the scavengers that come Newport Beach are responsible for many other crimes."
Anyone who sees scavengers should call police at (949) 644-3681.
Lifeguards warn against digging in sand
Newport Beach Fire Department officials have warned beach visitors not to dig large holes in the sand following Wednesday's rescue of a 17-year-old Virginia teenager near 54th Street.
The boy and friends had spent an hour digging a hole in the sand along the berm near the waterline, fire officials said in a statement. The boy was inside the hole about 5 to 7 feet below grade when it collapsed.
"Suddenly, the sides of the hole caved in and collapsed on the boy, completely burying him under the sand," the statement said. "Due to the precarious and unstable nature of the sand, responders carefully but quickly extricated the victim from the hole."
The statement said that just before the collapse, the victim and his friend dug two holes and were tunneling toward each other when the collapse occurred.
Bear Flag location coming to Crystal Cove
The Bear Flag Fish Co. will open a Crystal Cove location in the fall, according to a sign in the window of a shop near the Juxtaposition home store.
Bear Flag Fish Co. was founded in 2007 and offers "the freshest seafood in town," according to the company website.
Bear Flag did not immediately respond to an email seeking information about whether the location would be a second store, or if it would be replacing the current location at 407 31st St.