Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff met with staff Wednesday to discuss the next steps after the City Council voted to remove fire rings at local beaches, an official said.
The council voted Tuesday unanimously and without any debate to ask staff to remove the city's 60 rings because of safety and air quality concerns.
But it will take several months — and California Coastal Commission approval — before the rings are gone.
"We'll consult with both the Coastal Commission and state parks," said Laura Detweiler, the city's recreation and senior services department director. "It's probably a couple of weeks' process to pull all the pieces together."
Removing the rings would only take a couple of days and would be done by a regular beach maintenance crew, she said. Corona del Mar has 27 concrete fire rings, the Balboa Pier area 33.
Coastal Commission permission likely will take months, coastal staff said.