As most residents will agree, Newport Beach is a great place to live
for its many wonderful amenities. Among them are the beaches -- at least
when they're open.
Last week, the county released data showing that Newport Beach suffers
from most of the county's sewage spills and closures. Of the 51 reported
in 2001, 18 occurred on Newport beaches. Of those, seven were caused by
blockages and other problems with private lines.
On Wednesday, the county reported yet another spill that closed Little
Clearly, the city needs to shed its title as No. 1 for sewage spills
and beach closures.
Perhaps those responsible for such closures need to be reprimanded
much more, especially if they're repeat offenders. City officials -- now
more than ever -- need to use their political clout to make changes that
will decrease the number of closures.
There can be no ifs, ands or buts about it. Our waterways simply