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Resolution No. 2001 - 25 <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH <br />RELATING TO THE <br />SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COASTAL CAUCUS <br />WHEREAS, the Southern California coastline is an economic, recreational and <br />biological treasure in need of effective federal support and funding; and <br />WHEREAS, our famed beaches contribute nearly $17 billion to the region's <br />tourism industry and are a major source of recreation for local residents; and <br />WHEREAS, these same beaches remain threatened by beach erosion and poor <br />water quality; and <br />WHEREAS, Congressional representatives from other states, most notably <br />Florida and New Jersey, have formed coastal caucuses within their delegations and <br />have therefore enjoyed tremendous success in directing federal funding to meet their <br />states' coastal needs; and <br />WHEREAS, these coastal caucuses have enabled New Jersey alone to receive <br />$111 million in federal funds for shoreline protection from 1995 to 1999 while California <br />received only $10 million for such purposes; and <br />WHEREAS, the formation of a Southern California Coastal Caucus within <br />Congress has been urged by the California Coastal Coalition, the Orange County <br />Coastal Coalition, and the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project; now, <br />therefore be it <br />RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Newport Beach that it hereby <br />supports and advocates for the formation of a Southern California Coastal Caucus <br />within California's congressional delegation; and be it further <br />RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Newport Beach that it hereby <br />directs that this Resolution be forwarded to the offices of Representatives Christopher <br />Cox and Dana Rohrabacher and US Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. <br />