The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday will reconsider a waiver of parking fees for the Corona del Mar Coastline Car Classic.
In January, the Council unanimously approved a waiver for the annual car show held in the Big Corona State Beach parking lot. But at the next Council meeting, Councilman Ed Selich asked that the item be reconsidered because council members were confused about whether they were approving a one-year or a three-year deal.
On Tuesday, the Council will consider waiving $6,997 in parking fees for the 2011 car show, charging the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce a fee of $503. Additionally, the Council will consider entering a three-year agreement with the CdM Chamber that would use a “rolling average” formula for fees in 2012 and 2013, according to a staff report.
The Chamber of Commerce reserves 500 spaces for the September car show each year, the staff report states, and those spots cost $15 apiece, or $7,500. Event organizers have said that many of those spaces would not be used if not for the event, and that the car show draws paying customers to the beach lot. The Chamber also has asserted that it is seeking a “fee agreement” rather than a waiver, so organizers don’t think it is appropriate to seek funding through the Special Events Advisory Committee, as some Council members and staff have suggested.
The event draws thousands of spectators each year; read about last year’s show here.
The Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall at 3300 Newport Blvd. The meeting is open to the public, and the public may make comments.
Read our earlier story on the car show’s fee waiver requests here.