The Beacon Bay Bill is a reference to the California State Lands Commission’s grant of sovereign tide and submerged lands in trust to the City of Newport Beach (City). The original grant was dated July 25, 1919 and there have been several separate amendments since then, including a new grant in 1978. All of these combined documents are referred to as the Beacon Bay Bill (bill) for simplicity purposes.
Generally, the bill states that the lands shall be used by the City for purposes in which there is general statewide interest, as follows:
- For the establishment, improvement and conduct of a public harbor for the promotion and accommodation of commerce and navigation;
- For the establishment, improvement and conduct of public bathing beaches, public marinas, public aquatic playgrounds and similar recreational facilities open to the general public; and
- For the preservation, maintenance, and enhancement of the land in its natural state and the reestablishment of the natural state of the lands so they may serve as ecological units for scientific study, as open space, and as environments which provide food and habitat for birds and marine life and which favorably affect the scenery and climate of the area.
For details of the granting statues, title settlements and boundary agreements that fall under the bill, visit the California State Lands Commission website.