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Smooth Sailing for Newport Beach Harbormaster Kurt Borsting

Home to everything floating from boogie boards to mega-yachts, swimmers to fishermen, and a rich marine and avian life, Newport Harbor is considered one of the premier yacht harbors in the United States. The harbor is home to more than 9,000 boats, 200 species of birds 80 types of...

Harbormaster’s Report: GIS Map, ‘Wild Wave’

Summarized from Harbormaster Kurt Borsting’s report to the Harbor Commission on March 11.   IT Department – On-Line “Harbor View” Project of Newport Harbor The city’s IT Department’s GIS team has begun collecting photos of Newport Harbor, which will be used to create a 360 degree “Harbor View” mapping experience for...

Time Limit Changes for 19th Street Public Dock

Time limits for various sections of the 19th Street public dock will soon change, following a unanimous Harbor Commission decision this week, with the objective of improving overall utilization of the available dock space. Commissioners voted 7-0 on Wednesday to make the adjustments as recommended by city staff. “We’re recommending a...

Harbormaster’s Report: Staffing, Pumpout Data, Infographics, West Anchorage

Summarized from Harbormaster Kurt Borsting’s report to the Harbor Commission on Feb. 12.   Staff Recruitment Efforts Part-time Harbor Department staff recruitment efforts took place during January for two employee classifications: The Department Assistant and two Harbor Service Worker Lead positions, Borsting reported. The Department Assistant recruitment resulted in a successful hire, with...

All-Female Commodore Leadership Makes History at Local Yacht Club

All three top commodore positions at a local yacht club will be held by women this year, officials announced last week. “(It’s) a unique, perhaps even unprecedented moment in yacht club leadership in Southern California and beyond,” Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club officials noted in a Jan. 2 press release. “There...

Harbormaster’s Report: Boat Parade, Rain Storm Response, Buoy Lights, More

Summarized from Harbormaster Kurt Borsting’s report to the Harbor Commission on Jan. 8.   111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Boating activity was heavy in Newport Harbor Dec. 18–22 due to the annual Newport Beach Christmas Parade festivities. The Harbor Department scheduled additional resources throughout the five nights of the program. This...

Harbor Department Worked Expanded Role at Boat Parade

The city’s Harbor Department played an expanded role during this year’s annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, officials confirmed this week. “The Harbor Department was thrilled to take on some additional responsibilities as part of this year’s parade, in addition to the major contributions already being made by parade organizers,...

Christmas Boat Parade Sails Into Harbor for 111th Year

More than a million people will watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail around Newport Harbor next week in the 111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. The nationally-recognized annual event, hosted by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, will return Dec. 18–22. Commodores Larry Smith...

New Harbor Department Patrol Boats Delivered

A pair of new patrol boats were delivered to the city of Newport Beach Harbor Department on Monday, officials announced this week. As they were lowered into the water for the first time on Monday, it marked the start of what hopefully will be many years of successful on-water service...

Residents Raise Concerns Over Harbor Dredging Project

Plans for possibly digging a “big hole” in Newport Harbor to bury some dredged material received an icy reception from a handful of local residents at a community meeting this week. The purpose of the proposed dredging project is to restore the harbor to “design depth” to provide necessary navigation...