Residential dock permit holders in Newport Beach won’t have to pay a fee increase this year.
The “Newport Beach City Council directed staff to strike a ‘buffer area’ around docks that had been included in the calculations of total square footage to which dock fees would be applied…While the footprint of a pier, gangway and floating dock would still be charged full-price rent, staff had recommended that the buffer area of up to 10 feet be charged half-price. No charge would apply to any buffer smaller than 5 feet.
“However, the council members — Leslie Daigle was absent and Edward Selich recused himself — rejected all buffer fees.
“Staff also recommended that the interior of any U-shaped pier be half-price, though council members suggested that in this case, the full rate remain.
“This “look back” at the various harbor fee changes, which have been approved over the past few years, came at the suggestion of the City Council. The review served to possibly temper the increases in the way rents are calculated on residential piers, which changed in a December 2012 vote from a flat $100 fee annually to a 52.5 cents per square foot of usable dock space in yearly rent…” (Daily Pilot, “Council moves to kill harbor buffer fee“)
Read more about this change to residential dock fees in Newport Harbor here.