Speak Up Newport is back live at the Civic Center Community Room 

Speak Up Newport is back live in the Civic Center Community Room on Thursday, Sept. 16, with a reception beginning at 5:15 p.m. and the program starting at 6 p.m. The program is live and also available via Zoom*.

The featured speaker is Paul Blank, who was appointed on May 3, 2021, as the new harbormaster by the City of Newport Beach. Blank will discuss the state of the harbor including new changes he sees and address the following issues:

–What is the status of the current dredging project?

–What is the status of the CAD disposal project?

–What are City responsibilities in patrolling the harbor?

–What are the Sheriff’s responsibilities in patrolling the harbor?

–What new regulations should harbor users be aware of?

–What new City projects are planned for the harbor?

Speak Up Newport Paul Blank

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Harbormaster Paul Blank

Blank can be seen racing large and small sailboats in Newport Harbor and throughout Southern California, and has been part of the harbor community since he completed City of Newport Beach Recreation Department sailing lessons in 1975. That early introduction to sailing has led to a lifetime passion for boating.

He served as the IT executive for several consumer products brands, and owned the well-regarded and successful Casa Laguna Inn and Spa in Laguna Beach. Among the many accolades during Blank’s ownership, the hotel took gold and silver medals in two culinary competitions. 

If you have a question you would like to ask Blank, send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit questions during the live program and Zoom webinar.

A reservation is required only for the Zoom webinar; registration is not required for attending in person. To participate in the free Zoom webinar, make your reservation at

*The Zoom webinars have been so successful during COVID, that Speak Up Newport will be broadcasting the Zoom webinar simultaneously with the live program for those who can’t attend in person.