Friday morning report

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A quick look at the things that made news this week in Newport Beach:


– The attorney for the Newport Beach Dock Owners Association agreed to drop a request for a temporary restraining order after meeting with a judge from the Orange County Superior Court. The order would have effectively kept the city of Newport from collecting pier rent per the contested increases of said rent.

The city plans to notify the court some 15 days in advance of taking action to revoke pier permits of those who fail to make payment.

The association will continue its ongoing lawsuit against the city over what they say are illegally levied fees. Both sides took differing stances regarding the issue of whether enforcing the fees is fair at this point of dispute. The association does not want to validate the fees, nor does it want its members to be forced out because of their refusal to pay. The city argues that doing so is logistically impossible within the allotted 15 day notice.


– The Orange County Coroner office determined Tina Hoang, the 20-year-old woman whose body was found on the beach near West Oceanfront and Highland Street in March, was the victim of a homicide, reported the Los Angeles Times. Cause of death was not revealed, and the investigation is ongoing


– Loe Real, a Jenn 60 trimaran, completed the 126 nautical mile Newport-to-Ensenada race in seven hours, three minutes, 51 seconds last week, arriving in Ensenada before sundown, only the second boat to do so in 65 years.


– The ninth annual Orange County Marathon, which runs through Newport Beach, will cause multiple road closures and delays for drivers.

These areas will be impacted on May 5 from 5 to 10 a.m.: Northbound Dover Dr. from East Coast Highway and 16th St. / Castaways Ln. will be closed from 5 to 8:50 a.m.; Westcliff Dr. from Dover Dr. to Santiago Dr. will be closed from 5 to 9 a.m.; Santiago Dr. from Westcliff Dr. to Galaxy Dr. will be closed from 5 to 9:05 a.m.; Galaxy Dr. from Santiago Dr. (south) to Santiago Dr. (north) will be closed from 5 to 9:35 a.m.; Santiago Dr. from Galaxy Dr. to Irvine Ave. will be closed from 5 to 9:35 a.m.; and northbound Irvine Ave. from Santiago Dr. to University Dr. will be closed from 5 to 9:50 a.m.

All residents that live east of Santiago Dr. and need to leave between 5 and 9:35 a.m. are advised to park west of Santiago Dr.


— Compiled by Justin Swanson

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