The Coastal Commission is coming to Newport Beach this Wednesday to seek public input. The public forum will take place near the beginning of the public meeting.
Wednesday, October 8th
Newport Beach City Hall
100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Residents from throughout Southern California are encouraged to attend. We want to encourage you and your friends to attend the public hearing this Wednesday.
We need people to make their voices heard, and to let the Coastal Commission know:
a) Trying to keep “outsiders” away from the public beaches by restricting use of the fire rings in any way is simply wrong, and is a violation of the California Coastal Act.
b) The recent attempt by the Newport Beach city council to temporarily limit bonfires to “charcoal-only” is a ridiculous ploy by the city to discourage overall use by “outsiders” – charcoal costs too much, and does NOT provide heat or light for a bonfire experience.
c) This unnecessary fight all started because a handful of Newport Beach politicians like Mayor Rush Hill and Councilmembers Keith Curry and Nancy Gardner have been ignoring the will of the people and wasting over $300,000 of Newport Beach taxpayer dollars and staff time for years to support the personal agendas of a few of their political supporters.
Even though these Newport Beach politicians continue to blatantly ignore the will of the people and waste taxpayer dollars, we are hopeful the California Coastal Commissioners will listen. For example – in a strongly-worded letter from the Coastal Commission, the city has already been warned earlier this year that their attempts to remove the fire rings and any attempt to discourage beach access, such as requiring only charcoal, is NOT LAWFUL (see the letter here).
We hope to see you this Wednesday morning at the Newport Beach City Hall to make your voices heard.