Skip to main content

Newport Beach Council wavers on dog hours at the beach

NEWPORT BEACH –— The Newport Beach City Council bowed to a wave of public opinion Tuesday when it asked its parks commissioners to reevaluate expanding the hours that people can walk their dogs on the beach.

About 50 people packed the Council Chambers to advocate for expanded hours or protest against dog-related nuisances.

Some believe dog regulations limit quality time with a beloved member of the family, while others want strict rules so they don't step in dog waste or have to deal with snarling canines.

The council voted to abolish time restrictions during the less-crowded winter months at its July 27 meeting, bucking the recommendations of the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission to expand the time by one and a half hours. Currently, people cannot walk their dogs on the beach from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all year. The commission's recommendation would change those hours to 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"When we start making policy that way, we don't get the fine-tuning right," said Councilwoman Nancy Gardner, who had suggested dropping the winter hours.

Before Tuesday's meeting, the council received letters and calls, Gardner said, suggesting ocean and bay beaches should have different rules and that unlimited winter hours may not be the best idea.

The parks commission will reconsider the matter at its Sept. 7 meeting. Commissioner Bill Garrett, who voted against the expanded hours, said that the real problem is unleashed dogs.

"No one speaks for the people who are frightened of dogs," he said. "People go down there with all kinds of scary dogs and let them run loose."


In other matters:

The council voted unanimously to form a citizens bicycle safety committee, which will be charged with implementing some of the changes recommended by a task force in May. Councilwoman Leslie Daigle prodded the city staff to take quick action to make the streets safer, in light of a recent fatal cyclist crash, while Mayor Keith Curry responded by saying many tourists who drive in the city and spend money are equally important.

City Manager Dave Kiff reported the city's performance on a series of measures it began tracking during the 2009-10 fiscal year. They included police response time, street sweeping regularity and other indications of government efficiency. Generally, they painted a rosy picture of city services. Kiff said he was concerned that the Development Services Department was taking too long to process plans.

Revealing the city's first example of a mixed-use building near Lido Marina Village, the council tentatively approved plans to convert an office building to a residential-office mix. The bayfront building, at 3388 Via Lido, would have two condominiums above office space. It requires special approval because the zoning ordinance that would allow such a mix of uses has not yet been approved by the city.

Currently there are no comments. Be the first to comment!


Posted via email from Newport Beach Blog

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Bottled Water Carries Hidden Cost to Earth

Good for You, Bad for Mother Earth? | $1.79 might seem like a small price to pay for a bottle of water. But it costs the Earth far more than that.

Compared to a liter of tap water, producing a liter of bottled water requires as much as 2,000 times more energy, according to the first analysis of its kind. The study also found that our nation's bottled water habit sucked up the equivalent of 32 to 54 million barrels of oil last year.

"The bottom line is that we should understand better the implications of our choices," said Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, Calif. "It suggests more ways to reduce energy use than maybe we otherwise think of."

Bottled water is a big business that is rapidly getting bigger. From 1976 to 2007, the average amount of bottled water drunk per person per year in the United States jumped from about 6 liters (1.6 gallons) to 116 liters (30.6 gallons).

In 2007, …


Air pollution can cause serious health problems. Rarely, it can even kill people — and we’re not exaggerating. That’s why we care so much about the laws that protect us from air pollution. Read on to learn more about the specific parts of our bodies that are affected by air pollution. Air pollution can be made of tiny particles or gases, and these get into your body when you breathe. Different types of air pollution do different things inside your body. Air pollution can directly irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, before it even gets into the lungs. It can cause runny nose, itchy eyes, and scratchy throat. LUNGS When you breathe in, air moves through your nose or mouth, down your throat into your trachea, and then into your lungs. Pollution can irritate the airways. When that happens, muscles around the bronchi get tight; the lining of the bronchi swell; and the bronchi produce excess mucous. When the airways are constricted, it b…

Hazardous Waste

A hazardous waste is a waste with a chemical composition or other properties that make it capable of causing illness, death, or some other harm to humans and other life forms when mismanaged or released into the environment. PLEASE NOTE This new page is part of our Hazardous Waste Management Program web page update process and is under construction. The links to the left will take you to the main Hazardous Waste page, as well as the general category pages, and the Related Links are those links related to the content on the page.  longer be available.  DEFINING HAZARDOUS WASTE A waste is a hazardous waste if it is a listed waste, characteristic waste, used oil and mixed wastes. Specific procedures determine how waste is identified, classified, listed, and delisted. TYPES OF HAZARDOUS WASTE Hazardous waste is divided into different types (e.g., universal waste) or categories, including RCRA hazardous waste and non-RCRA hazardous waste. Properly categorizing a hazardous waste is necessary f…