By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach
It’s easy to take beach sand for granted – until it starts to disappear. But that’s exactly what happened decades ago after flood control projects in the Los Angeles, San Gabriel and Santa Ana rivers began reducing the amount of sand and sediment naturally deposited on the rivers. south beaches.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for the river channeling projects, has been the lead agency in charge of sand replenishment in Orange County. Every five to seven years, the corps deposited sand on the northern beaches of the OC, which migrated south by the action of currents and waves to replenish the beaches at Huntington and Newport.
This approach worked well, until other federal projects took priority. The last major sand replenishment project was in 2010, and Newport Beach, along with our coastal neighbors, have been actively pushing for the return of funding ever since.
So it was good news this week when the federal budget signed by President Biden included the final $15.5 million needed to fully fund the $23 million Surfside-Sunset Ocean Beach Sand Restoration Project.
Later this year, the Corps will place 1.75 million cubic meters of sand in the Surfside-Sunset Beach area, which will replenish Huntington and Newport beaches through natural tidal action.
This is an important project for our community, the environment, and anyone who loves the waterways and shoreline of Newport Beach. We greatly appreciate the efforts of everyone at the local, state, and federal levels, including Congresswoman Michelle Steel, who helped champion these critical funds.
Marina Park Sailing and Boating Program Receives State Grant for Safety Education
For the second year in a row, the California Dept. of Boating and Waterways recognized the city’s sailing and boating program at Marina Park with a scholarship. The grant is awarded to community boating programs statewide to promote boating safety education.
The Marina Park program offers low-cost sailing lessons, as well as paddle and sailboat rentals, to the public. Last year’s grant funded the purchase of two safety boats for the navigation program. This year’s award will allow the program to maintain and refurbish its fleet and update safety equipment.
Anyone interested in getting in the water can take a sailing lesson or paddle at Marina Park. For more information: (949) 270-8160.
Registration for Camp Newport is in full swing and our theme this year is “BEING in Newport Beach for Summer Camps”. Kids can be anything from an adventurer exploring underwater life to an aspiring athlete or surfer, and so much more. Whatever your child wants to be, we have an outlet for them!
Families can visit the Camp Newport booths at the Spirit Run on Sunday, March 27 from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for free giveaways, interactive activities with instructors, and information about upcoming recreational summer camps.
Register before May 5 at www.campnewport.com. and receive 10% or more off most recreational summer camps, which fill up quickly. Learn more about the exhibition and race day by visiting www.newportspiritrun.org.
Free compost contest, document shredding, e-waste disposal on April 9
Newport Beach residents are encouraged to bring documents and household electronic waste for free shredding and disposal on Saturday, April 9 from 8 a.m. to noon.
The event will take place at the Newport Beach Corporation Yard, 592 Superior Ave. Entrance will be on Industrial Way via a right turn.
Residence will be verified; please bring ID. Residents may bring up to 10 standard filing boxes for shredding and electronic waste such as computer screens and cell phones for disposal. Residents may also receive up to two 30-pounders. bags of compost while supplies last. Kitchen buckets for recycling organics will also be available for pickup.
For more information, visit www.newportbeachca.gov/shred.
The distribution of the trolleys continues as part of the deployment of the recycling of organic materials
The distribution of new green-topped carts for recycling organic materials (yard waste, food waste and other biodegradable items) is ongoing until mid-April. Organic recycling collection will begin the week after the organics carts are delivered, on the same day as standard garbage and recycling collection.
For more information on the state-mandated organics recycling program, please use the following resources:
Click here for a short video on how to separate and recycle organic waste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn6jWR2RK6Q&t=50s.
To visit www.newportbeachca.gov/recycle to find out when organic recycling carts will arrive in your neighborhood (use the search function at the top of the page).
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The City of Newport Beach is providing a comprehensive response to address homelessness through a coordinated effort of city staff, contractors, partner agencies and nonprofit groups.
Last week, the City’s Homelessness Awareness and Response Teams:
- Helped build and arrange new furniture for a recently housed elderly woman who lived homeless in Newport Beach for 14 years. A representative from People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) meets with the woman weekly to ensure she remains stable and supported.
- Helped a former homeless woman to rent an apartment in 19 towers in Costa Mesa.
- Securing an apartment in Huntington Beach for a homeless man near Balboa Pier for 20 years. He takes refuge in a motel until he moves into the new apartment. Staff met with the man to review his accommodation plan
- Continued to refer homeless people to the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter for temporary housing and services. As of this week, 16 people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now housed at the facility
- Enrolled two people in services and completed housing assessments
To donate to those living homeless in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving Program webpage at https://newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/how-you-can-help?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.
Be well updated
The new Be Well Mobile Crisis Response Team now operates in Newport Beach 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to mental and behavioral health crises. The mobile unit is staffed with mental health specialists and paramedics and works closely with the city’s police and fire departments.
This week, the Be Well team:
- Defused a domestic incident and transported an elderly resident to a mental institution.
- Brought a person to a crisis stabilization unit for mental health care after expressing suicidal intentions with police officers
- Transported two people to the Be Well campus in Orange for sobriety treatment and five people to the Orange County Cold Weather Emergency Shelter in Santa Ana.
- Transported two people to Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter for intake appointments and an elderly woman to a motel.
- Transported one person to a mental health appointment and another to a mental institution.
- Completion of 20 local interactions with residents and homeless people