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Newport Beach considers limits on large boats in the bay

November 21, 2010 |  8:02 am


Newport Beach harbor commissioners are asking when is a big boat too big.

The commission wants to delay approval of a dock for the 148-foot Majestic, one of the largest boats in the harbor. Members want to limit how far these large boats can extend into the harbor, a move that may effectively block Majestic and other massive charter boats from cruising in Newport.

"The big question for the city is, 'Do you want to have that kind of intensity and those size of ships?' " said Don Lawrenz, chairman of the Harbor Commission. "It never has been designed to be a commercial boat harbor."

Indeed, many of the channels are narrow and lined with homes on either side. Children and seniors race their boats in the main turning basin, right in the path of the large charter boats.

Read more at the Daily Pilot: "Newport could say no to bigger boats."


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Photo: Boats along Newport Beach. Credit: Los Angeles Times