Newport Beach officials will study the safety of beach fire rings and whether they should be banned, nearly two years after the issue was tabled because of a storm of public outcry.
At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Gardner asked that the city's Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission put fire rings on a future agenda.
She cited a recent $500,000 claim against the city of Huntington Beach after a child was severely burned when he fell into a ring.
"Before I get all kinds of angry emails," Gardner said, "I'm making no recommendation. There's a spectrum from doing what we do now to no fire pits."
The council agreed to ask parks commissioners to study fire rings at a future meeting.
Two years ago, the City Council discussed whether to ban fire rings because of concerns of pollution.
Almost immediately, fans of fire rings began to email council members. A Facebook page called "Save the Big Corona Fire Pits!" was formed and currently has 1,801 fans.