A brief recap of the week, as provided by City Manager Grace Leung.
All City beaches are fully open as of 2 p.m. Monday, October 11, after water quality testing showed the ocean water is safe for swimmers and surfers to return.
The entrance to Newport Harbor reopened Friday afternoon, October 8, following a five-day closure due to the oil spill. The Harbor entrance was closed Monday morning by order of the U.S. Coast Guard to help prevent oil from entering harbor waters.
Oil spill cleanup crews continued their work along the shoreline on Thursday, October 7, including 40 workers deployed to West Newport, from 15th Street to 36th Street, and another 40 in Corona del Mar.
The Unified Command leading the oil spill response has approved the use of community volunteers to assist in the effort.
The City has declared a local emergency in response to the 126,000 gallon oil spill off of the coast of Newport Beach and surrounding cities. The emergency declaration has been signed by City Manager Grace Leung and is expected to be ratified by the City Council at its next meeting, October 12.
Cleanup crews have been deployed to Newport Beach and are working to remove tar and oil from the beaches as part of the larger cleanup effort.
The action is being taken to help prevent oil from entering the harbor. There is no oil in the harbor at this time.
The City of Newport Beach is advising residents and visitors to avoid contact with ocean water and oiled areas of the beach, following a large oil spill that was identified Saturday off the coast of Newport and Huntington Beach. Oil has been observed on shore in some areas.
The agreement will address mental health challenges among the City’s homeless population, as well as residents and visitors who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
Newport Beach residents are invited to bring documents and household electronic waste for free shredding and disposal on Oct. 16, 8 a.m. to noon
The City Council has approved a grant agreement with Trellis International, a Costa Mesa-based non-profit organization, for a pilot program that provides volunteer opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness
The Board of Library Trustees are proud to announce that Newport Beach Public Library was once again named as a Star Library in a national ranking compiled by Library Journal.