1800+ Signatures to Save Newport’s Last Dog Beach

It is with great excitement that I can report we have received over 1,800 signatures from people who want to save Newport’s Dog Beach from being turned into “just another beach” .

At last count, over half of the signatures were from Newport Beach, but many hundreds more are from our neighboring cities who use the public state beaches that our city adjoins to (HB, CM, Irvine, Laguna).

A few months ago, Diane Dixon proposed getting rid of our beautiful and very active Dog Beach by using Newport Police to patrol county-owned land and enforcing a leash-law there. As you can see by this map, the less-than-200-yard stretch of land is outside of the jurisdiction of Newport Beach (click photo to enlarge).  In total, Newport Beach has over 40 miles of coastline– the largest amount for any city in Orange County, and perhaps in all of Southern California.

That’s 211,200 feet.  We are talking about less than 600feet here, which still leaves 210,600 feet of beach without off-leash dogs.  I don’t see why anyone is pushing this issue.  View the photo map here:

dog beach location

So the question is: Can Dixon order Newport tax dollars to be spent to enforce laws in areas outside of Newport Beach?  The answer is a little complex, but essentially, the answer is “yes”– as long as the county agrees.  Through a legal device known as a Memorandum of Understanding (like the MOU between HB and the county, here), Newport Police can essentially act as the enforcing agency for county law.  If we decide to do this, we itemize the time that our police are no longer keeping Newport safe, and instead patrol and bill the county for all the time that our highly trained police department is stuck having to enforce leash laws on land that isn’t even in Newport Beach.  Stupid, to say the least– and almost as insulting to our police as putting them on “skateboard duty” to ticket skateboarders on the boardwalk, or asking them to ticket grown adults for not wearing bicycle helmets.  Our police deserve better treatment than this.

We are making great progress with the signatures so far, but a source close to the matter has informed me that it’s still a coin toss with Dixon, despite literally less than a dozen people having voiced opposition to keeping Dog Beach.  For that reason, I am hoping to get as many signatures as possible on the petition so that we can make our voices heard on the subject.

I wrote Dixon on the matter and asked her whether or not we could stop the process before it got embarrassing for everyone.  She replied back that things would be decided in Study Session (in otherwords: “No”).

Newport’s Study Sessions happen in the middle of the work day, preventing normal people from attending.  If you would like to have your voice heard, please sign the petition here and share it with your friends.  I will be attending the study session and will personally hand over the signatures to the city to ensure that your voice is heard.

If you haven’t already, please sign below and share with your friends:

SAVE DOG BEACH!

Do not ban off-leash dogs at dog beach!!! Regulars at Dog Beach know that off-leash dogs are not problematic. If, there are some which are, then address the problem dogs.
If there are problems with waste, address those who create those problems.

The public OVERWHELMINGLY supports keeping DOG BEACH a place for DOGS. Newport Beach has some of the longest coastline in Southern California and Dog Beach only accounts for roughly 100 yards. Let dogs have their small stretch of beach.

KEEP DOG BEACH THE WAY IT IS!

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Latest Signatures
6,570Valerie Van NessAug 14, 2020
6,569Brian RizzoJul 13, 2020
6,568Caroline VallejoJun 09, 2020
6,567Krikor KupelianJun 07, 2020
6,566My VuJun 05, 2020
6,565Miguel SalcidoMay 22, 2020
6,564Ann MillerMay 13, 2020
6,563Natasha SelvidgeMay 13, 2020
6,562Ralph MaglonsoApr 30, 2020
6,561Jenna MurrellApr 27, 2020
6,560Brittany LoveroApr 27, 2020
6,559Lance LandApr 25, 2020
6,558Diana WilkinsonApr 08, 2020
6,557Sophia Dang Mar 28, 2020
6,556James MooreMar 20, 2020
6,555Meg KottMar 05, 2020
6,554Cinthia MontesFeb 17, 2020
6,553Kathleen HsuFeb 16, 2020
6,552Alexandra PintoFeb 15, 2020
6,551BEOMYEONG KIMFeb 12, 2020
6,550laura riveraFeb 07, 2020
6,549Seth Van Der LindenJan 31, 2020
6,548Sierra DecotaJan 29, 2020
6,547Marissa RietmanJan 25, 2020
6,546Michael CordeiroDec 09, 2019
6,545brian HernandezDec 05, 2019
6,544Adam SwerdlowDec 05, 2019
6,543Richard MillingNov 26, 2019
6,542Richard MillingNov 26, 2019
6,541Geena GarciaNov 25, 2019
6,540Heidi MitchellNov 24, 2019
6,539Michael NguyenNov 23, 2019
6,538Mackenzie ThurstonNov 20, 2019
6,537Ray KomarNov 13, 2019
6,536Kacie McGranahan Nov 13, 2019
6,535Ashley TalleurNov 11, 2019
6,534Katlyn FailsOct 27, 2019
6,533thavery buthOct 27, 2019
6,532Darrel AdamsOct 15, 2019
6,531Michael ClaroOct 12, 2019
6,530Mariah BaldeoOct 05, 2019
6,529Brandon MaddySep 29, 2019
6,528Arielle MaddySep 29, 2019
6,527Chantel NowellSep 26, 2019
6,526Mike WinterSep 26, 2019
6,525Julie ParkSep 26, 2019
6,524Mark MortonSep 26, 2019
6,523Karen CastroSep 26, 2019
6,522Sherry AdamsSep 25, 2019
6,521Tina JohnsSep 25, 2019

Some will argue that “Dog Beach” is a made-up name, even though virtually everyone refers to it as that.  I say: “tell Google that.”
dog beach google

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Mike is the founder and publisher of Save Newport and Chair of Government Relations for the Elks Lodge. He writes, shoots photos, and edits, but much of the time, he's just "the IT guy". He can be reached at: Google+, Facebook, or via email, at michael.glenn@devion.com