Letters to the Editor

Just say “NO”

The NB Harbor Commission is proposing a drastic 600% increase to the mooring fee, essentially a property tax. Don’t we all know that drastic changes come with drastic unanticipated consequences?

Right now, Newport Harbor is in charge of its live aboard permits. I wonder how that will change when the city raises its fees 600%. The increase is based upon an appraisal which equates a lot on Lido Island with a mooring.

The elephant in the room is that there is no adjustment made for the ability to live on Lido Island and the restriction to live on the boat. Certainly that will change with this drastic increase.

Is the City Council prepared for the State of California to usurp the city’s control of many hundreds of potential housing units? Say “no” to the mooring rate increase, and keep our harbor our harbor.

Matt Clabaugh

Balboa Island

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