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August 12, 2007
Sometimes, bureaucrats listen. Sometimes, they get it. Take the Newport Beach City Council. In May, an Orange County Grand Jury report criticized the city for the way it handled its mooring permits. The city, it turns out, is charging less-than-fair-market rate for the permits. Consider the consequence: In some instances, homeowners with docks are paying the city a $97-per-year permit fee, then charging several thousand dollars per year to rent the docks to boat owners.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | November 14, 2012
Rent increases for commercial marinas operating on public tidelands — which the Newport Beach City Council seemed to have settled at its last meeting — were dredged up again for another vote Tuesday night. The council voted to raise rents on large commercial marinas from about 36 cents per square foot to a rate that roughly translates to $1.97 per square foot, or 18.5% of gross slip revenue, at its Oct. 23 meeting. But on Tuesday, the council opted to lower that to about $1.68 per square foot, or 16% of gross slip revenue.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | August 8, 2007
If you keep a boat on a city mooring or own a home with a dock in Newport Beach, you've been getting a heck of a deal. There's no question that's going to change, partly to generate more money for tidelands, which are coastal areas owned by the public but managed by government agencies like the city of Newport Beach. In the next few months, city officials will consider how much to raise fees or charge for leases of tideland amenities such as moorings, residential docks and commercial piers.
NEWS
By John Heffernan | December 24, 2012
Tidelands are most of the water areas in Newport Harbor that are located below the mean high tide line. The state owns those Tidelands. The city of Newport Beach manages most of those Tidelands under a public trust agreement with the state. No private party has the right to use those Tidelands unless paying a fee to do so. For too many years the city never raised those Tidelands fees. This City Council has properly decided to do so, to charge a more market rate fee for a very valuable property right — the right of a private user to use a public asset.
NEWS
May 13, 2004
June Casagrande When city officials late last year announced their goal to play a larger role in county affairs on and in the city's borders, they said they were looking for opportunities mutually beneficial to Newport Beach and to the county. These supposedly shared opportunities, however, sounded more like a wish list designed with just the city in mind: taking over control of John Wayne Airport, the sheriff's Harbor Patrol and the Coyote Canyon Landfill.
NEWS
March 31, 2002
I would like to comment on the issue of tidelands ("Clock ticks on Marinapark residents," March 18), specifically as it applies to Marinapark. The article stated that "areas designated . . . as tidelands cannot be used for residential purposes." This is not entirely true. There are a number of circumstances under which tidelands can be and are used for residential purposes. For example, there are million-dollar homes built on city-owned property formerly designated as tidelands, and their happy owners were granted long-term leases in Beacon Bay right here in Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Leslie Daigle | December 20, 2012
I am the sole Newport Beach council vote against what is colloquially referred to as the "dock tax. " The new charge increases government/regulation, creates a new source of revenue and redistributes more of the hard-earned money of the people who are motivated to make the economy work. The solution to investing in our harbor infrastructure lays in prudent management of existing tidelands revenues, not creating new fiscal and regulatory burdens for residents. * Bigger government The dock tax will be levied on a square-foot basis.
NEWS
January 16, 2003
June Casagrande The routine extension of the lease for Marinapark residents may be a significant turning point as discussion turns toward ultimately closing the park. Council members on Tuesday voted unanimously to extend for one-year the lease for residents of 56 mobile homes at the city-owned site. It is essentially the same agreement the council reached a year ago. What is different is that, at the request of City Councilman Gary Proctor, council members will take a closer look in an upcoming study session at closing the mobile home park to make way for a luxury resort proposed to be developed at the site.
NEWS
By Mike Henn | December 26, 2012
As many residents are aware, I served on both the council ad hoc committee that reviewed tidelands rents for commercial users and the council working group that reviewed tidelands' rents for residential piers. I have been intimately involved for more than two years in the whole range of issues and considerations that impact these reviews and voted in favor of the final recommendations adopted by council. Recently, Councilwoman Leslie Daigle (the lone dissenting vote on the recommendations)
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NEWS
By Lauren Williams | June 21, 2013
Newport Beach's Tidelands Management Committee announced Wednesday during its first meeting that it is seeking applicants for its citizens advisory panel. The purpose of the committee is to oversee projects relating to the tidelands and monitor costs. The nonvoting panel could consist of up to seven members who live or work in Newport Beach, and one would be a member of the city's Harbor Commission. Members would serve staggered two-year terms. The management committee - made up of City Council members Ed Selich, Mike Henn and Nancy Gardner - also discussed the city's harbor fund, the creation of which needed approval from the State Lands Commission.
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NEWS
By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan | June 21, 2013
A state panel Friday approved the creation of a fund to cover improvements in Newport Beach's harbor, city officials said. The State Lands Commission, a voting panel of three officials, approved the city's request to create the Harbor Fund, which accepts money from recently increased dock fees, according to a city statement sent out Friday. Residents who have strongly opposed the fee increases, including the Stop the Dock Tax and Newport Beach Dock Owners Assn., also fought the creation of the harbor-specific fund, alleging that the city had been misusing money generated by all state tidelands-related fees.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
Newport Beach has made application to the California Coastal Commission to remove the fire rings from its ocean beaches. This seems inconsistent with the city's recent actions to collect additional fees for tidelands use. Newport Beach officials have been lecturing the public on the importance of the city collecting fair-market rent for use of city-controlled tidelands. In recent actions, the City Council has made huge increases in the fees charged for moorings, commercial harbor users and private-docks on tidelands, changing the rent for private docks from a flat fee to a charge per square foot.
NEWS
By Mike Henn | December 26, 2012
As many residents are aware, I served on both the council ad hoc committee that reviewed tidelands rents for commercial users and the council working group that reviewed tidelands' rents for residential piers. I have been intimately involved for more than two years in the whole range of issues and considerations that impact these reviews and voted in favor of the final recommendations adopted by council. Recently, Councilwoman Leslie Daigle (the lone dissenting vote on the recommendations)
NEWS
By John Heffernan | December 24, 2012
Tidelands are most of the water areas in Newport Harbor that are located below the mean high tide line. The state owns those Tidelands. The city of Newport Beach manages most of those Tidelands under a public trust agreement with the state. No private party has the right to use those Tidelands unless paying a fee to do so. For too many years the city never raised those Tidelands fees. This City Council has properly decided to do so, to charge a more market rate fee for a very valuable property right — the right of a private user to use a public asset.
NEWS
By Leslie Daigle | December 20, 2012
I am the sole Newport Beach council vote against what is colloquially referred to as the "dock tax. " The new charge increases government/regulation, creates a new source of revenue and redistributes more of the hard-earned money of the people who are motivated to make the economy work. The solution to investing in our harbor infrastructure lays in prudent management of existing tidelands revenues, not creating new fiscal and regulatory burdens for residents. * Bigger government The dock tax will be levied on a square-foot basis.
NEWS
By Dave Kiff | December 18, 2012
Mr. Seymour Beek correctly points out that nothing in Senate Bill 152 requires the city of Newport Beach to charge fair market value for residential piers over public recreational waters. That's consistent with what we have said and written. However, other things do require it — and that's also consistent with what we have said and written. In two separate (and printed) presentations at public meetings (Nov. 19 and 28), I said and wrote that three (3) things direct us to charge fair market value for residential piers: •The California Constitution's prohibition on gifting public assets (Article XVI, Section 6)
NEWS
December 17, 2012
The press has not reported a significant aspect of the passage of the "dock tax" by the Newport Beach City Council. In City Manager Dave Kiff's report to the council, recommending passage of the dock tax, he stated: "Historically, the city has followed the lead of the state and not charged rent for residential piers located over Tidelands. However, in 2011 the governor signed into law SB 152, which required the State Lands Commission to begin charging rent for residential piers. Because the city is a trustee of the state in regards to Tidelands property, the city should comport its actions to that of the state and charge fair market value rent for the use of Tidelands by residential piers.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
Newport Beach's Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights will shine on as planned, a Visit Newport Beach news release said Monday. In spite of threats of a boycott from harbor stakeholders in protest of the city's efforts to increase public tidelands use rents, the release emphasized that the show will go on, and that participation isn't diminished. More than 60 boats have already committed to participate, according to the release. "There is absolutely no change in plans," Gary Sherwin, president and chief executive of Visit Newport Beach, said in a statement.
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