Harbor Commission

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Newport Harbor supports numerous recreational and commercial activities, waterfront residential communities and scenic and biological resources. The purpose of the Harbor Commission is to provide the City of Newport Beach with an advisory body representing these diverse uses of Newport Harbor and its waterfront.

  1. Advise the City Council in all matters pertaining to the use, control, operation, promotion and regulation of all vessels and watercraft within Newport Harbor. 
  2. Approve, conditionally approve, or disapprove applications on all harbor permits where the City of Newport Beach Municipal Code assigns the authority for the decision to the Harbor Commission.
  3. Serve as an appellate and reviewing body for decisions of the City Manager on harbor permits, leases, and other harbor-related administrative matters where the City of Newport
    Beach Municipal Code assigns such authority to the Harbor Commission.
  4. Advise the City Council on proposed harbor-related improvements.
  5. Advise the Planning Commission and City Council on land use and property development applications referred to the Harbor Commission by the City Council, Planning Commission, or the City Manager. 
  6. Make recommendations to the City Council for the adoption
    of regulations and programs necessary for the ongoing implementation of the goals, objectives, policies of the Harbor and Bay Element of the General Plan, the Harbor Area Management Plan, and the Tidelands Capital Plan.
  7. Advise the City Council on the implementation of assigned parts of the Tidelands Capital Plan such as:
  • Dredging priorities
  • In-bay beach sand replenishment priorities
  • Harbor amenities such as mooring support service areas and public docks

Original Commission Authorization:
City Charter, Article VII, Section 700
Established by Ordinance No. 2001-25, adopted on January 8, 2002. Amended by Ordinance No. 2013-14

City Charter Amendment Authorization:
City Charter, Article VII, Section 713
Established the powers and duties of the Harbor Commission. Made the Harbor Commission a City Charter designated Appointive Commission. Amended December 14, 2020.

Rules of Procedures of the Harbor Commission:

Frequency of Meetings: 
The second Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noticed. Meetings generally start at 5 pm.

Contact the Harbor Commission:
Send an email to all Harbor Commissioners at HarborCommission@newportbeachca.gov. City staff may also receive a copy of the email. Please note, emails and correspondence with the Harbor Commission may be considered a public record.

  Name  Email  Appointed  Reappointed  Term Expires 
Scully (3) Steve Scully, Chair sscully@newportbeachca.gov  06-25-19 06-22-21 06-30-25
Beer (3) Ira Beer,    Vice Chair  ibeer@newportbeachca.gov 06-27-17 06-28-22 06-30-26

Marston (3)

Marie Marston, Secretary  mmarston@newportbeachca.gov  06-25-19 06-27-23 06-30-27

Cunningham (3)

Scott Cunningham, Commissioner  scunningham@newportbeachca.gov 04-25-17 06-22-21 06-30-25
Svrcek (3) Rudy Svrcek, Commissioner rsvrcek@newportbeachca.gov 06-28-22   06-30-26

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Gary Williams, Commissioner  gwilliams@newportbeachca.gov  06-09-20    06-30-24

Yahn (3)

Don Yahn, Commissioner  dyahn@newportbeachca.gov  06-25-18  06-28-22  06-30-26


Length of Term for Members:
The seven members of the commission serve for a term of four years on a staggered basis. 

City Staff
Paul Blank Harbormaster  pblank@newportbeachca.gov
Jennifer Biddle Admin. Assistant jbiddle@newportbeachca.gov 

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