Friday, October 12, 2012
Our Little Secret
While attending this weeks harbor commission meeting, one of the commissioners made note of the following City Code
Newport Beach City Muni Code on crafts in main channel and harbor entrance
11.12.170 Crafts Prohibited in Harbor Entrance.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any paddleboard, kayak, pedalo, life raft or similar type of craft used for the transportation of persons in any portion of the main channel or entrance channel of Newport Harbor as defined in Section 11.12.160. (1949 Code § 10723 as amended by Ord. 1090; August 24, 1964)
No telling how old this code is but it's got to go! You might ask let's just look the other way? We can do that but what if we have a new Harbor Master come through town like the one we had in 2008, can you say "Deana Bergquist". Capt Bergquist was the person that insisted to inforce the 5k speed limit in the harbor during beercan races.
The best thing todo is work with our Harbor Commissioners and change this code. Otherwise one day you might just want to take your pedalo to look at the sea lions and end up with a ticket. Think about it, no paddle boards, surf kayak in the main channel or entrance channel?