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'Superyachts' visiting Newport Beach might face higher fees

Newport Beach is trying to determine proper anchorage fee structure for visiting superyachts in Newport Harbor.The city’s Harbor Commission also has been studying a fair price for temporary moorings of extra-large vessels but will wait until a draft appraisal has been submitted before sharing its suggestions.Superyachts have been the subject of some debate in the city over the years.Costa Mesa-based Netzer and Associates, which has worked with the city in the past, is completing the appraisal at a cost of $6,500. A final draft should be ready in January or February, said Assistant City Manager Carol Jacobs. Currently, harbor staff charges visiting yachts the annual mooring permit fee prorated on a da ...