The City of Newport Beach Harbor Commission will meet at 6 p.m. today, and a report about stand-up paddle boarding in Newport Harbor on the agenda.
The question about whether the growing popularity of stand-up paddle boarding could pose a safety risk in the main and side channels of the harbor was first raised by City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle in a September City Council meeting. She suggested that designated paddle board lanes might improve safety for paddle boarders as well as other groups that use the harbor, but Mayor Nancy Gardner said she would not be in favor of such specialized lanes. The Council in the end requested that the Harbor Commission examine the issue and recommend whether lanes should be pursued or not.
Harbor Commissioner Paul Blank gave a brief report on stand up paddle boarding at an Oct. 10 meeting and agreed to return to this month’s meeting with more information. No action is expected, according to the meeting’s agenda.
The meeting will take place in Council Chambers at City Hall at 3300 Newport Blvd. The meeting is open to the public.
The meeting agenda also states the group will consider placing a discussion of eelgrass in Newport Harbor on a future agenda.