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Hard partying in Newport Beach could bring up to $8,000 fine

April 9, 2011 |  7:56 am

A boat festooned with lights and an inflatable Santa Claus at the annual Newport Harbor Boat Parade.

Newport Beach is considering hefty fines for those involved in unruly partying.

The "loud and unruly gathering ordinance" would allow officers to issue citations to people who organize a party that gets out of hand, and to partygoers who violate its guidelines.

Penalties are up to $500 for the first violation, and up to $8,000 for the fourth violation, if it takes place within six months of the first.

Officers who observe a party in which people are urinating in public, drunk in public, excessively noisy, serving alcohol to minors or other behaviors would post a large red tag on the door of the house, notifying the organizer of the first violation.

The council will discuss the law at Tuesday night's study session.

Read the full report on Newport Beach's party citation here.

-- Mike Reicher, Daily Pilot / Times Community News

Photo: Decorated boats fill Newport Harbor during the Christmas boat parade. Newport Beach is considering large fines to crack down on partying. Credit: Los Angeles Times