Sand - NOT SHORELINE OR WATER - to Reopen Friday Morning
On Friday, October 8, 2021, at 7:00 a.m., the sand - NOT THE SHORELINE OR OCEAN WATER - will reopen to the public at all City and County beaches within the City of Laguna Beach.
Approaching the shoreline or entering the ocean water for any activity (swimming, surfing, wading, diving, SUP, skim boarding, kayaking) is NOT permitted at this time due to the oil spill.
We will continue to monitor the beaches for the next few weeks. There may be intermittent isolated beach closures if there is any sign of oil appearing on beaches.
Future re-opening of the ocean water will be done in consultation with the US Coast Guard and Orange County Healthcare Agency, along with other partners, with the priority being the health and safety of the community.
Laguna Beach City Council Signs Letter to Support End of Offshore Drilling
Today, all members of the Laguna Beach City Council, along with elected officials representing the areas most impacted by the oil spill, signed a letter supporting State Senators Dave Min (Irvine) and Josh Newman (Fullerton) asking the Orange County Congressional Delegation to end all offshore drilling, including drilling under current leases, in Federal waters along California’s Coast.
This Week's City Council Action:
Local Emergency Declared in Response to the Offshore Oil Spill
Police Officers Recognized for Saving Man Having Heart Attack
Ordinance Adopted for Defensible Space Amendments to the City's Municipal Code
'Art in Public Places' Approved for Taco Stand
The Next Regular Meeting of the City Council is Tuesday, October 19.
Update on Mission Hospital Generator Diesel Leak
Clean up efforts continued this week at Tutuava Beach, after a recent diesel fuel leak from nearby Mission Hospital generator. The City is actively engaged with the hospital and all regulatory agencies to ensure this hazard is mitigated appropriately.
Hospitals are regulated by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), not our local agencies. This means our Fire Department does not have direct authority over the hospital. However, our Fire Marshal is involved, along with multiple other oversight agencies, in demanding safeguards such as containment structures be put in place to prevent this from happening again.
Laguna Beach Participates in Joint Regional Emergency Exercise
This week, a joint OC agencies (Harbor Region) tabletop exercise was held simulating a large scale event that affects multiple areas/jurisdictions.
Members of the Laguna Beach Fire Department, Police Department, and Public Works Departments attended representing the City.
Initial Study for Update to City's Housing Element Now Available on City Website
The Initial Study/Negative Declaration for the City’s Housing Element Update is now available on the City’s website for public review.
The Housing Element assesses current and projected housing needs for all economic segments of the community and includes policies for providing adequate housing and action programs for that purpose.
For questions, please contact So Kim, Assistant Director of Community Development at (949) 497-0736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Exotic Fruit Flies Found in Laguna Beach
Two separate Exotic Fruit Flies were found in Laguna Beach in late September by trappers working for The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Pest Detection Branch which does all the Fruit Fly trapping throughout Orange County.
The pests were both identified as Peach Fruit Flies. This is an exotic insect originating in Asia.
Important California crops at risk include pome and stone fruits, citrus, dates, avocados, and many vegetables, particularly melons and tomatoes. The CDFA’s trapping staff is setting additional traps to survey for the pest and estimate potential infestation levels.
For more information, please call the CDFA’s Pest Hotline at (800) 491-1899.