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City Assumes Responsibility for Mooring Management, Harbor Operations

Dennis Durgan is the City's new harbormaster

Post Date:06/29/2017 9:58 a.m.

The City of Newport Beach (City) will assume responsibility for managing the more than 1,220 public moorings in Newport Harbor on July 1. The City’s goal is to better integrate harbor services for visiting boaters and long-term mooring permit holders and provide for an enhanced level of service to all boaters.  

“We see an opportunity to develop a “one-stop shop” for boaters by combining mooring and rental services with the services offered at the City’s Marina Park,” explained City Manager Dave Kiff. “We hope to combine and streamline some processes here that will also benefit the long-term mooring holders. The goal is to provide a customer-centered way to assist boaters and provide information regarding one of the City’s most unique assets, Newport Harbor.”  

Under an agreement with the City, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol Division (Harbor Patrol) currently provides mooring management services for approximately $313,000 per year.  

“The Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol staff has managed mooring operations, among other duties, for Newport Beach since the mid-1970s and we enjoy a strong working relationship,” Kiff said. “They will continue to provide law enforcement services in the harbor.”  

As of July 1, the City will oversee both the administrative and on-water mooring management functions. The administrative function includes mooring permit issuance and transfers, vacant rental assignments, billing assistance, insurance documentation and more. The on-water mooring management function includes boat-to-boat customer service, mooring patrols, vessel inspections, towing, lien issuance and general code enforcement.  

The change required the City to hire staff members, lease vessels and incorporate the mooring rental function into the City’s web-based applications. Newport Beach resident, businessman and renowned yachtsman Dennis Durgan will be a key part of the service transition. The City recently hired Durgan to serve as its harbormaster. He will oversee the day-to-day operations, harbor service staff, marina park marina operations, and will help to ensure high-quality customer service is provided to all who enjoy the harbor.  

Durgan explained, “I’ve sailed into harbors all around the globe and know that we have an opportunity here to do what large harbors simply can’t – welcome and work with boaters on a personal level. Newport Harbor is a remarkable place, with first-class amenities, a great recreational environment and a welcoming community. Improving our customer service on the harbor is a natural step to further improve the heart of our community.”  

The new contact information for boaters seeking harbor services is listed below.

Office Location:

Marina Park, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 92663

Web Address:

Newportharbor.org

Email Address:

harbormaster@newportbeachca.gov

Phone:

949-270-8159

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