UPDATE, JULY 5, 2:47 P.M.: The results are in from the first test of Newport Beach's “Loud and Unruly Gatherings Ordinance.”
Over the long Fourth of July holiday weekend, 15 homes were “red-tagged” and 59 arrests were made, according to Newport Beach police.
Offending homeowners face $1,500 fines for first offenses and $3,000 for subsequent infractions. Homes hit with red tags are essentially on probation for the next six months.
As for the arrests, the number was essentially the same as previous Fourths in Newport.
UPDATE, MAY 11, 8:15 A.M.: The party culture on the Newport Beach peninsula will be changing. At least, that's what the city council is hoping for, following its vote in favor of an ordinance which will impose steep fines to “loud and unruly” gatherings.
As for the $8,000 fines for repeat offenders? The maximum fines were reduced to $3,000, according to a report by the Daily Pilot. To reach that fine, a violator would need to be fined four times within the first six months of the initial violation. The city council indicated that fines will be increased for the Fourth of July, with first-time offenders facing a $1,500 fine instead of $500.
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 12, 5:18 P.M.: Dennis Rodman would probably be in bankruptcy proceedings if the proposed “loud and unruly gathering ordinance” was in place when he resided in Newport Beach. During his eight years as a beachfront resident there, the heavily tattooed and pierced retired NBA star was known to throw the occasional raging party at his pinkish-brown home off Seashore Drive. Police supposedly made more than 80 house calls during that time. Just imagine the surplus of funds.