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Entrants Wanted for the Annual July 4 Old Glory Boat Parade in Newport Harbor

July 4 Old Glory Boat Parade 2023 / photo by Lawrence Sherwin
By Christopher Trela | NB Indy
Whether you have a luxury yacht or a luxurious Duffy boat , it ’ s time to decorate your watercraft and participate in the annual Old Glory Boat Parade on Thursday , July 4 , beginning at 1 p . m .
This is part of the three-day American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 Centennial event , celebrating its 100th anniversary .
This year ’ s theme is “ Stars , Stripes , and Sails ,” so it shouldn ’ t be too difficult to decorate boats to celebrate this theme .
Leading the parade will be the American

Newport Beach City Manager Update

Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
By Grace Leung , Newport Beach City Manager
The City of Newport Beach continues to enjoy strong , stable finances with a healthy outlook , as evidenced in the $ 494.8 million Fiscal Year 2024-25 budget approved by the City Council on Tuesday , June 11 .
The City budget is balanced , sets
Legion Yacht Club boat Valor with Grand Marshal Newport Beach Mayor Will O ’ Neill , followed by VIP boats filled with active duty servicemembers and veterans .
According to the American Legion Yacht Club , participation in this all-volunteer boat parade is an extension of the celebration of volunteers and community programs for the betterment of Newport Beach and surrounding communities .
The parade will begin at 1 p . m . off the east end of Lido Island and follow a course similar to the Christmas Boat Parade
aside funds for long-term infrastructure projects , and continues an aggressive pension paydown strategy that is expected to eliminate the City ’ s pension liability in less than 10 years . The budget maintains Newport Beach ’ s high level of services , particularly in the area of public safety .
Fortunately , the City ’ s revenue outlook remains strong for the coming fiscal year . Property taxes , the City ’ s largest revenue source , are expected to increase by 4 % due to additional sales and renovation activity . Sales tax projections also show positive increases .
As directed by the City Council ’ s Fiscal Sustainability Plan , this year ’ s budget includes performance metrics for each City department , as part of an ongoing effort to ensure the high quality , efficient delivery of programs and services .
On a related note , Fitch ratings recently reaffirmed the City ’ s excellent AAA credit rating , citing a stable tax base , ongoing pension debt contributions , and commitment to fiscally conservative budget policies . that circumnavigates the harbor until it concludes at 3:30 p . m .
All boaters are invited to decorate their vessels and participate in the parade . Registration is free and available online at the American Legion Yacht Club website at www . alyc . com . There will be skipper meetings on Friday , June 28 and Tuesday , July 2 for those interested in joining in the parade .
Participants will compete for class
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For more information on City finances , please visit our budget and finance information web page : newportbeachca . gov / government / departments / finance .
Community Celebrates Junior Lifeguard Building Grand Opening
Hundreds of community members joined City officials on Wednesday , June 12 for a ribbon-cutting celebration and open house for the new Junior Lifeguard Building at 901 E . Ocean Front near the Balboa Pier .
The 5,400 square-foot facility is the first permanent home for the popular Junior Lifeguard Program , which has operated out of temporary trailers for decades .
After several speeches , a ceremonial ribbon-cutting , and the unveiling of a donor recognition wall , the building ’ s doors were opened to the community for a festive two-hour open house . Speakers included Mayor Will O ’ Neill , Reenie Boyer
JUNE 21 , 2024 | VOLUME XVI , ISSUE 13

July 4 Advisories from the Newport Beach Police Department

By NB Indy Staff
The City of Newport Beach enhances public safety efforts on the Fourth of July holiday to help maintain a safe , festive and family friendly environment in the city .
Though most residents and business owners are well versed in these efforts for the Fourth of July , here are reminders from the Newport Beach Police Department about street closures , prohibited items and other important details and tips .
On the 4th of July , text NBJULY4 to 65513 to receive updated road closure information , significant traffic advisories and community advisories .
The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic on July 4 during the time periods specified :
From approximately 8:30 a . m . to 9:30 a . m .: Balboa Boulevard from 32nd Street to Channel Place will be closed to westbound vehicular traffic for the Fourth of July is for Families parade .
No left-turns from westbound Balboa Blvd . traffic at 34th St ., 36th St ., 39th St ., 43rd St . and 46th St . ( also for the parade ).
From 10:30 a . m . to the early morning hours of July : Southbound Orange Street at West Coast Highway will be closed . Via Malaga from Via Oporto to Via Lido will be closed .
From approximately 12 p . m . to 10 p . m .: Back Bay Drive will be closed . San Joaquin Hills Road between Back Bay Drive and the entrance to the Park Newport Apartment Community will be closed .
All streets on the Balboa Peninsula will be open to vehicle traffic ; however , the Newport Beach Police Department will be monitoring traffic conditions throughout the day and will facilitate additional street closures should the need arise .
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 .
The City of Newport Beach offers a free trolley service for Balboa Peninsula during summer weekends and holidays – including July 4th .
There will again be a Safety Enhancement Zone in the area bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the


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