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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Tonight is the mother of all harbor topics!
URGENT! URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!
Council action imminent! Mooring holders MUST pull together! Come to City Hall Council ChambersTuesday, June 16, 2015, 5:00 PM: If you hold a mooring permit, this is the single most important meeting in the last five years! PLEASE COME! Moorings will be heard FIRST!
Civic Center Council Chambers – CITY HALL 100 Civic Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(map and directions) Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 5:00 to ? PM
The City Council will take action on Harbor Commission recommendations. Mooring holders know about the months of review, study, and dialog the Harbor Commission has devoted to this topic. NOW, mooring permit holders need to attend and support the Harbor Commission's recommendations, for LOWER FEES that will be more equitable, and the return of TRANSFERABILITY. Specifiically, we ask for your support that Council ask staff to revise mooring ordinances to reflect Harbor Commission conclusions on fees and transferability. Your strong support and participation is important.
Harbor Commissioners have made solid recommendations to City Council based on thorough and comprehensive investigation and dialogue in many meetings over a period of months. That work and effort comes to a head on Tuesday night, when it will be decided in an hour or so.
A strong showingand participation is critical. Please read and give these issues thought, then plan to support us at the meeting on June 16th. We need you to read up and we need you to voice your support!
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Cut and pasted from the NMA web site.
More information from The City of Newport Beaches web site.
A majority of the waterways in Lower Newport Harbor are considered tidelands. They are owned by the State of California (State) and are assets of the public. State legislation in 1978 assigned most of the tidelands here to the City of Newport Beach (City) to administer under the State's rules. Thus, the City is serving as "landlord" on behalf of the State. One of the rules is to set rents at fair market value. The Harbor's tenants are those who rent these public assets for a specific private use - like operating a marina, a concession on a pier, or berthing at a mooring.
The City had not reviewed the rent charged for the use of the tidelands until 2011. Charges for commercial harbor renters had gone up about 24% since 2001, while some marina slip rates had increased between 67% and 152% during that same period. If the City does not charge an appropriate rent for the use of the tidelands, it can be considered a "gift of public funds", which is prohibited under the California Constitution (Article 16, Section 6).
To address this issue, in 2011 the City met with the harbor renters to discuss harbor rental rates. The City then obtained two independent appraisals to provide guidance as to what might be current market value. Copies of the completed appraisals are available for viewing by clicking on the links below. Past appraisals are shown below, too.
Other individuals have asked us how we allocate revenues and expenses associated with Tidelands. We do this under the guidance of the 1974 legislation, which directs us to take any revenue associated with Tidelands (parking, rent, oil sales, more) and use that to pay Tidelands expenses (dredging, other harbor maintenance, lifeguarding, more). The Tidelands expenses almost always exceed Tidelands revenues, in part because most of the ocean beaches are Tidelands - and the life-safety calls associated with residents and visitors there are expensive. All of the City's financial accounts - including the Tidelands Fund - is audited annually as required by law.
To determine rents, the City Council considered the appraisals and other relevant information, including input from the public.
Two public meetings were held in August 2013 to facilitate discussion for harbor charges related to commercial pier fees, residential pier fees and mooring fees. At the November 12, 2013 City Council Study Session staff presented feedback for implementation of these harbor charges.