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Newport Beach

Volume 5, Issue 54  |  July 7, 2020

The Dos and Don’ts for July 4th and other information you should know

The Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) has released important information concerning safety and street closures regarding July 4. Although most residents and business owners have knowledge of the City’s increased public safety efforts, the following are some of the reminders about what is and isn’t allowed in Newport Beach.

Updated road closure information, significant traffic advisories and community advisories are available on July 4 by texting NBJULY4TH to 888777.

Street closures are implemented beginning July 4 from 10:30 a.m. to the early morning hours of July 5. Closures include southbound Orange St. at W. Coast Highway and Via Oporto from Via Lido to 32nd St. All streets on the peninsula will be open to vehicle traffic, however, the NBPD will be monitoring traffic conditions throughout the day and will facilitate additional street closures should the need arise.

Parking for on-street and other public parking will be extremely limited in the West Newport area. All residents and visitors are cautioned to park in legal, public spaces or their own private spaces or garages. Vehicles parked illegally will be issued parking citations and may be towed.

Safety Enhancement Zone will be the area bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the south, 32nd St. and Newport Blvd. on the east, W. Coast Highway on the north and 54th St. on the west. The Safety Zone designation is effective from 12:01 a.m. on July 4 to 3 a.m. on July 5. 

The Dos and Don'ts Safety Enhancement Zone

Courtesy of City of Newport Beach

Fines within the Safety Enhancement Zone are tripled the normal amount and can be as much as $3,000.

Orange County Regional Mounted Enforcement Unit will be on duty to help ensure a safe holiday.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in public areas including streets, sidewalks, beaches, piers and other public areas, including alcoholic beverages that have been poured into a cup. Violators are subject to citation or arrest.

Fireworks are illegal to have in one’s possession or to use. This includes “safe and sane” fireworks such as fountains and sparklers that can be purchased in nearby cities.

Rooftop Gatherings present a potential safety hazard that may violate building code ordinances. City Building Department inspectors will be working with the NBPD to address those violations.

Water Balloons or Spraying Water at pedestrians, bicyclists or vehicles is illegal. Violators are subject to citation or arrest.

Loud or Unruly Parties are illegal under the Municipal Code. Property owners and/or party hosts are responsible for the conduct of their guests. Loud and unruly parties requiring a police response could result in a citation or arrest for those present, and fines for the property owners, tenants, renters and guests. 

Beaches are open to the public. Permitted hours to the public on beaches is from 6 a.m.-10 p.m., including the Santa Ana River Jetty to Crystal Cove State Park. However, Crystal Coves beaches close at sunset. Portable barbeques are not allowed on any City beach. For those wishing to barbeque, fire rings and public barbeques are available near the Balboa Pier and at Corona del Mar State Beach on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Piers (both Newport and Balboa) are open from 5 a.m. until midnight. Public restroom facilities are available at the base of both piers.

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