Newport Beach officials could be submitting an application to the California Coastal Commission early this week that seeks permission to remove the city's 60 beach fire rings.
City staff has reviewed details of the application with commission staff, said city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan, and will be delivering the application soon. A commission staff member has said it could take months to review the matter after it comes before him because the beaches are public and the fire rings are considered a public amenity.
Before the City Council's March vote, 29 speakers testified about fire rings. Most were against them, with many citing concerns about the health risks of smoke from burning wood.