Newport to equestrians: Whoa, nelly!

Newport Beach officials told some Santa Ana Heights residents to hold their horses Thursday, after mistakenly sending out notices indicating that they might need a permit to house equine friends on their property.

About 300 residents who received the notices this week can disregard them, city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan wrote in an email.

She added that the notices were the result of a slip-up — the city wasn't trying to make hay of anyone's animals.

"We made a mistake," she wrote. "The city will not be moving forward with a permit process."

The Community Development Department will still host an informational meeting about city rules related to having horses on private property at 5 p.m. May 21 at the Santa Ana Heights fire Station, 20401 Acacia St.

— Jill Cowan

Twitter: @jillcowan

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