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Private OC footbridge may open to public

A judge has ruled against the residents of a private island in Newport Bay who wanted to keep their footbridge from being opened to the public.

February 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A judge has ruled against the residents of a private island in Newport Bay who wanted to keep their footbridge from being opened to the public.

According to the Daily Pilot, the 24 homeowners of the Bay Island Club sued the Coastal Commission after it ordered the homeowners' association to make the bridge to the island accessible to the public.

That's because it spans a city-owned, man-made canal.

The Coastal Commission allowed the homeowners to move their gate to the island end of the bridge, thereby blocking access to their private island only and not the bridge.

The judge also ordered both sides to try to negotiate a settlement or go to trial in May.


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