Another dirty diaper has been dumped onto East Coast Highway near the Cameo Highlands neighborhood — the first since late December, when city officials tried to find who was responsible.
The used adult diapers first began appearing on a stretch of East Coast Highway between the Cameo Highlands and Corona Highlands neighborhoods last summer. A neighbor said they would appear about every few months, then more regularly until December when diapers were dumped on Dec. 3 and Dec. 29; read our story here.
City crews would clean the mess, but in January, code enforcement officials began investigating to find out who was responsible for the illegal mess.
“We were not able to determine who was responsible for the diaper dumping on Coast Hwy.,” according to an email sent this week. “We did contact the ombudsman for Crown Cove regarding this problem. However, Crown Cove management denied any responsibility.”
There are other assisted living facilities nearby, the email said.
Earlier, a city official said that unless someone was caught in the act of littering, it would be very difficult to issue a citation.
Newport Beach’s municipal code prohibits throwing garbage on streets and in public places, and fines start at $100. Anyone who sees someone dumping diapers should call general services at (949) 644-3055.