Newport Beach won't name park after Ronald Reagan, but agrees to statue
After previously voting down a proposal to dedicate a city park to Ronald Reagan, the Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday voted to commission a statue honoring the former president.
In October, a proposed Reagan centennial celebration met with resistance from some who said that the city shouldn't name a park after a political figure. Councilman Keith Curry, who was then Newport Beach's mayor, said he would not give up.
"This is a national thing," Curry said before Tuesday's meeting. "People all over the country are doing things for President Reagan. He is a historical figure; he is no longer a political figure."
The statue is estimated to cost $50,000, Curry said. He said he hopes to have the money raised and the statue erected before summer. The statue likely would be taller than the former president -- 6-foot-4, compared with 6 feet, Curry said.
-- Mike Reicher, Daily Pilot / Times Community News
Photo: Former President Reagan, center, with John Wayne, right. Credit: Daily Pilot