November 2010.

City will phase in the increase and end the ability to transfer the permits to new owners outside of family members or other mooring holder.


NEWPORT BEACH — Despite an outcry from dozens of angry boaters, the City Council on Tuesday night voted to triple Newport Harbor mooring fees and to end the practice of private mooring transfers.

In a 4-2 vote, the council raised fees for the first time since 1996 and rejected arguments from a group of mooring holders.

The vote ends three years of attempts to reform the public mooring system, which an Orange County grand jury in 2007 criticized for its private profits and other deficiencies.

Newport Mooring Assn. members some bayfront homeowners, like Donald Bren, should help and pay more for docks.


NEWPORT BEACH — If some Newport Harbor boaters have their way, Donald Bren would pay more to keep up the bay.

He and other bayfront homeowners would pay more for docks like the one in front of his Harbor Island home. And the business Bren chairs, the Irvine Co., and other commercial marina operators would give a larger cut of their profits.

But such increases aren’t likely to happen before the city hikes the fees for moorings, the floating cans boaters lease from the government.