Newport Beach was granted $125,000 from California’s Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) for the Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (SAVE) program.
The SAVE program reimburses city’s costs for removing and disposing of abandoned and owner-surrendered vessels in the harbor.
DBW considers abandoned or vessel turn-ins as those which have “a likelihood of causing environmental degradation or becoming a hazard to navigation.”
City staff will be required to report issues with boats in the harbor to DBW on a quarterly basis.
“We were notified about 3 weeks ago, so we’ll spend the next couple of months executing the agreement including City Council approval,” Chris Miller, harbor manager for Newport Beach, told The Log on Oct. 19.