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Newport Beach considers hefty fines for rowdy partygoers

April 12, 2011 | 10:46 pm

Look out, you party animals in Newport Beach: It's going to cost you if you get too loud and rowdy.

Bummer, we know.

According to a report in the Daily Pilot, police officials Tuesday used a City Council study session to introduce an ordinance restricting "loud and unruly gatherings." The law, modeled after one in Tucson, could lead to fines of up to $8,000 for repeat violations.

That's a lot of beer kegs.

The proposed highest fine is more than five times what the Arizona law allows, but apparently Newport Beach police and some residents have had enough after years of trying to tame raucous partiers, particularly in West Newport. They say the law could give them a strong deterrent and help make parts of Newport Beach more "family friendly."

Since Tuesday's gathering was simply a study session, the proposed ordinance still has to go before the full council -- that date hasn't been set -- and the public will no doubt have a chance to weigh in on the matter.

We imagine some will echo the sentiments of Tommy Kochinas, 30, who told Daily Pilot reporter Mike Reicher that he thought the proposed fines were on the excessive side: "I feel like it's really not fair if you're just at the party."


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