Buffer zone has dock owners seeing red
Some ask why they have to pay for the space when they may not even own a boat. Others wonder about potential liability.
By Beau Nicolette
4:46 PM PDT, August 16, 2013
Newport Harbor residents raised concerns about having to pay for a 10-foot buffer around their docks during a meeting Thursday on how to implement a multiyear plan to increase dock fees.
The workshop at the OASIS Senior Center was not meant to challenge the fees but to gather input for the Newport Beach City Council.
The council in December approved increasing docking fees for residential piers on state-owned, city-administered tidelands from a flat $100 annually to 52.5 cents per square foot of usable dock space.
But the issue on the minds of many in the audience Thursday was the buffer.