Newport Moves Toward 11 P.M. Beach Curfew

Times Staff Writer

The Newport Beach City Council Monday night agreed to introduce an ordinance that would set an 11 p.m. curfew at city beaches--a move designed to appease hundreds of oceanfront residents who complain of late-night traffic and revelry outside their homes.

All 6 miles of city-owned beaches, from the Santa Ana River south to the Wedge at the Newport Harbor entrance, now close at midnight. Curfew is 10 p.m. citywide for minors.

The seven City Council members voted unanimously to introduce the ordinance, which also calls for spending about $30,000 on floodlights that would be installed around the Newport Beach and Balboa piers, the sites of much of the rowdiness.


A public hearing on the ordinance will be held May 22, at which time the ordinance is scheduled for a second reading. If approved at that meeting, the ordinance would become effective June 22.

The measure did not prompt any debate at Monday’s meeting.