The California Coastal Commission prevailed in its lawsuit to open Newport Harbor's Bay Island bridge to the public, but the island's residents will likely fight the judge's decision.
Last week, the attorney representing the residents filed court documents that could provide the basis for an appeal.
At stake is access to the 130-foot span, which commission officials say should be available for all to use. If the residents lose the appeal, they may be able to retrofit the existing bridge and keep it private, or they could build a new bridge, in which case they would have to comply with the commission's order.
"They really want to do something right for the next generation," said John Briscoe of Briscoe Ivester & Bazel, the firm representing the Bay Island Club, an association of the secluded island's 24 homeowners.