Newport Beach cracks down on boaters who sell public moorings
More than three years since an Orange County grand jury found that Newport Harbor boaters were essentially buying and selling public moorings, the city is taking steps to curb the practice.
City officials want to prohibit private transfers of moorings and to raise the fees that the city charges mooring holders. They have met a massive headwind in the form of angry mooring holders who say their investments would be wiped out.
Moorings, the floating cans that boats tie up to, are a much more affordable option than storing a boat in a private marina.
The Orange County grand jury from 2007, "Newport Harbor Moorings: Are They Held in the Public Trust or for Private Profit?," outlined the process whereby mooring holders transfer a mooring for a cost: While it's illegal to sell a mooring, the holder can sell his or her boat and then transfer the mooring permit.
--Mike Reicher, Times Community News
Photo: Boats at Newport Harbor. Credit: Los Angeles Times.