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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Open Space Amended to Permit a Resort
City of Newport Beach
Majority Approval Required
14798 / 33.0% Yes votes ...... 29997 / 67.0% No votes
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Shall the the Newport Beach General Plan be amended to be consistent with the Marinapark Resort and Community Plan (Project)?
|Arguments For Measure L||Arguments Against Measure L|
|The Marinapark Resort and Community Plan presents Newport Beach
residents with an historic opportunity to upgrade our community for the
public's benefit. A yes vote will lead to the creation of a small though elegant
resort befitting Newport Beach's worldwide prominence. With only 110
rooms in 16 villas, it will be a modest yet beautiful addition to Newport Bay.
A yes vote will also put in motion a remarkably balanced series of
environmental, restoration, recreational and economic improvements to the
Your yes vote will end the private, outdated use of Marinapark as a trailer
park. By doing so, an extraordinary public benefit will be realized + more
than $100 million in lease, sales tax and transient occupancy tax revenues
generated by the resort over 50 years. These are resources important for
the future of the public safety, utility, recreational and cultural services we
Your yes vote means a triumph for environmental stewardship, clearing
the way for the creation of Newport Bay tideland boundaries for the resort
site. More than $1 million a year ($50 million over 50 years) will be placed in
the Newport Beach Tidelands Fund for beach and water quality
The resort will revitalize our historic Balboa Peninsula. American Legion
Post 291 will benefit from a $500,000 restoration, and Las Arenas Park will
be home to a new Girl Scout House and Community Center. The resort will
assure local public access to bayfront beaches, and permit public
enjoyment of the resort and its recreational amenities including tennis
courts and docks.
Opposition to the resort does not have a plan, only hopes for a costly and
crowded public park and boat launch ramp that will generate far more
people and more traffic to the Balboa Peninsula than the resort, and no
Vote "Yes" on the Marinapark Resort and Community Plan.|
|The Newport Beach City Council has given you the opportunity to choose
what legacy you will leave to your children, your family and your community:
a park, or a hotel with time-shares. Vote NO to retain the existing general
plan use for Marinapark as parkland and open space.
Marinapark is City owned public property. It is the last opportunity for a
waterfront bay-beach park on the Balboa Peninsula. The Mobile Home Park
is planned for removal, leaving almost five acres of additional parkland
property for the public's use for small boat launching and storage, parking,
kayaking, rowing, swimming, and other park recreation activities. A NO
vote preserves park and recreation space for your enjoyment of the bay.
Water recreation is the heart and soul of Newport Beach, yet it is hard to find
public facilities that have access to the bay. Most bay front property is
privately owned. Marinapark has over 900 feet (three football fields long) of
public bay frontage that can be used to create a park and aquatic center.
Vote NO to keep this area open for public use.
If a "luxury resort hotel" is placed on this priceless waterfront parkland only
its guests and customers will enjoy the five acres that could have been a
park. Vote NO to keep a "luxury resort hotel" from being built on
The Balboa Bay Club is on land donated to the City. A public park could
have been there, but we have a hotel and private apartments instead. Don't
make that mistake again! Vote NO.
Parkland is for public access and recreation, not for revenue generation.
Don't let this public property be leased for an exclusive resort hotel that will
serve very few compared to the many that could use new park, recreation
and aquatic facilities. Vote NO.|
Far more traffic than the resort will create.
Tens of thousands more people each year from throughout Southern California.
No ability to generate future revenues for enhanced city services or the funding of beach and water quality improvements.
Increased demands on police and city services. Is this the kind of "legacy" Newport Beach needs? Is this the kind of "legacy" envisioned by the committee that supported the election of the opposing authors to the City Council? The Marinapark resort is the result of more than 25 public hearings and the most comprehensive Environmental Impact Reports in Newport Beach history. The results of the extensive public planning and study are these facts. Marinapark Community Plan:
Generates $100 million over 50 years for Newport Beach
Allows creation of Newport Bay tideland boundaries
Contributes $50 million over 50 years to the Newport Beach Tidelands Fund
Assures local public access to bayfront beaches, the resort and its recreational amenities
Provides a half-million dollar remodel of the American Legion Post 291.
Builds a new Girl Scout House and Community Center for use by Newport Beach residents.
Sparks the revitalization of Balboa Peninsula with a small, elegant, 110-room resort with public beaches, gardens and docks Vote YES on Measure L. It's a real legacy for Balboa Peninsula and for Newport Beach.