Back in July 2017 Newport Beach forged a municipal harbor department, which served to take over managing harbor operations from Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Since then the city has been active about implementing some changes and one on the agenda has been consulting on fee updates.
The harbor commission, in August 2018, made recommendations after reviewing a study by consultant MGT of America to update fee and rent costs. Newport Beach Finance Committee reviewed the proposed harbor fees at the end of November 2018 and suggested they be brought before the City Council.
In the staff report, new fees for the fiscal year were estimated at $16,000, Marina Park slips would be increased by $68,000 from last year, and guest moorings would be raised from the previous year by nearly $374,000.
More details can be found at newportbeachca.gov.
Council members voted unanimously to bring talks on the subject of harbor department fees and rents back at the next meeting slated for Jan. 22. Council member Marshall “Duffy” Duffield recused himself due to conflict of interest because of his businesses.