One group of bayfront owners is banning together to fight new city fees.
City officials and residents are expecting legal challenges as Newport Beach considers charging private dock owners whose piers extend over public tidelands.
After the City Council hiked mooring holders’ rates last year, some called for the city to also charge dock owners, many of whom own an adjacent home.
Officials admit the landowners have special rights, and not all of the tidelands are managed by the city. A group of dock owners has formed to fight any new city fees.