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Council Votes to Affirm Its Support for OC Cities’ Legal Action to Reopen Orange County Beaches
The City Council on Saturday, May 2, voted to affirm its support for litigation filed by Huntington Beach, Dana Point and business owners seeking to reopen Orange County beaches following the Governor’s Thursday closure directive.
On Tuesday, the Newport Beach City Council voted to keep City beaches open in a safe manner, with a plan in place for this weekend crafted by law enforcement personnel from the Police, Fire, and Lifeguard Departments. This plan was designed to ensure that people had a safe outlet for recreation and exercise for their physical and mental wellbeing.
On Thursday, however, Governor Newsom ordered all beaches in Orange County to close. The Governor’s office had not sought the City’s perspective on beach safety or the weekend plan before issuing the directive.
Saturday’s Council action affirms an amicus brief filed by the City of Newport Beach – along with declarations from the City Manager, Police Chief, Fire Chief, and a senior Recreation & Senior Services official – supporting the litigation requesting that all Orange County beaches be reopened.
Newport Beach will continue to work diligently and do everything possible to safely reopen the City’s beaches.