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• ORDINANCE NO. 99- 22 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br />OF NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, ADDING CHAPTER <br />12.55 TO NEWPORT BEACH MUNICIPAL CODE <br />PERTAINING TO UPPER NEWPORT BAY RECREATION <br />AND SCENIC TRAIL <br />NOW THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Newport Beach, California <br />HEREBY ORDAINS as follows: <br />SECTION 1: Chapter 12.55 of Newport Beach Municipal Code is hereby added <br />to read as follows: <br />Sections: <br />• 12.55.010 <br />12.55.020 <br />12.55.030 <br />12.55.040 <br />12.55.050 <br />12.55.060 <br />12.55.070 <br />CHAPTER 12.55 <br />UPPER NEWPORT BAY RECREATION AND SCENIC TRAIL <br />Findings & Purpose <br />Definitions <br />Speed Limit <br />Unsafe Activity <br />Direction of Flow <br />Special Restrictions <br />Penalties <br />12.55.010 Findings & Purpose <br />The City Council finds and declares that: <br />A. The Upper Newport Bay is an ecological reserve which includes <br />approximately 825 acres of wildlife habitat, including over 165 species of birds, 20 <br />species of mammals, 70 species of fish, and over 200 species of native plants. It is one <br />of the few remaining unspoiled and undeveloped habitats available to wildlife of all <br />types. The Upper Newport Bay is an estuary, a coastal wetland where salt water from <br />the ocean mixes with fresh water from inland sources. The estuary is a spawning <br />ground for many fish, and a winter home for migrating birds. It acts as a filter for <br />pollution from the inland waters and provides a buffer for floodwaters during heavy <br />rains. <br />• B. Within the Upper Newport Bay reserve there is currently an 18 foot wide, <br />asphalt paved mixed -use trail shared on a daily basis by, among others, walkers, <br />joggers, hikers, bicyclists, sight seers, birdwatchers, rollerbladers and vehicle traffic for <br />scenic and recreational purposes at differing speeds and frequencies. There are no <br />