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Newport Beach police want fines for rowdy parties

April 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Newport Beach may not be the place to throw a house party this summer.

Newport Beach Police Department asked the City Council for permission to levy steep fines of up to $8,000 for gatherings of eight or more people that are deemed to be unruly. Each person involved would be fined anywhere from $500 to $3,000, not just the homeowner or renter.

A vote on the matter will come later.

Homes of repeat offenders would also be slapped with huge red notices that have to stay in place for six months.

"There is a certain number of elements that are inside the ordnance itself," said Lt. Bill Hartford of the Newport Beach Police Department. "If our officers observe those elements, they can post a red tag on the residence itself."

Longtime residents like Stephen Loomis say the around-the-clock parties bring crowds and trash.

"I just dread June, July and August coming," he said.

Loomis points to the vacation rentals along the beach for attracting loud and unruly partying.

He says it get so bad around the Fourth of July holiday that he hits the road out of town to avoid being disturbed.

"It gets crazy and you got these rentals here and they don't care," he said. "They're here for a week and they feel like this is their beach and it's 24/7."

"I think it is great because it should have more order," said Newport Beach resident Fatima Branch. "We need more peace here."