Dixon now Spending Tax Dollars for Anti-Dog-Beach Lobbyists

Councilwoman Diane Dixon, long known for trying to shut down Dog Beach (amongst many other things) has apparently convinced Mayor Duffy Duffield to use taxpayer dollars to recruit Coastal Commission lobbyist Don Schmitz to also lobby the County of Orange to convince them to shut down Dog Beach. Here’s a video of him admitting this much in the most recent public city council meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1B9urH2gms

“But wait, isn’t Dog Beach official now?”, you say?  Yes.  Sort of.  As you can see by the map of municipal land ownership here, the county owns the land circled in red.  Newport owns the land to the East, and Huntington owns the land to the West.

To get to County land, you must enter through the parking lot on Newport’s side– and that’s where Newport is ticketing people.  Newport has a “no dogs on beach policy” from 10am to 4:30pm, and they are trying to use this policy for the entire city to prohibit transit to and from Dog Beach during daytime hours.  That’s illegal, and it’s being done through a partnership with Councilwoman Diane Dixon and our current mayor.


While many have long-suspected a bunch of taxpayer dollars were being spent by the city on crony lobbyists to attempt to close Dog Beach, this is the first time we’ve had confirmation– and it’s from the lobbyist himself.

We will be writing up a ballot initiative to save Dog Beach, because apparently we can’t trust Diane Dixon.  Shocking, I know.


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.



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