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RESOLUTION NO. 2005- 29 <br />• A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT <br />BEACH AUTHORIZING THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF SEASHORE <br />DRIVE, NEWPORT BOULEVARD AND BALBOA BOULEVARD, AND <br />SELECTED FEEDER STREETS. <br />SECTION 1: <br />The City Council of the City of Newport Beach finds and declares as follows: <br />A. Each year, during the July 4th Holiday, thousands of persons visit ocean front <br />beaches between the Santa Ana River and the West Jetty; and <br />B. This large influx of visitors creates severe traffic congestion in West Newport, the <br />McFadden Square area, and on the Balboa Peninsula; <br />C. During the July 4th Holiday, traffic on streets in the Oceanfront areas of West <br />Newport, Central Balboa and the Balboa Peninsula frequently results in little or no <br />vehicular flow, with many vehicles not promptly moving when an opportunity arises to <br />do so; <br />• D. During the July 4th Holiday, many visitors use public streets to celebrate the occasion <br />and, pedestrian and bicycle traffic on many streets results in a defacto parade which <br />makes vehicular use unsafe to those using the streets; <br />E. This traffic congestion combined with the large number of visitors and a related <br />increase in criminal conduct is, at times, beyond the capacity of the Newport Beach <br />Police Department to control. The City routinely contracts with other agencies to <br />provide supplemental law enforcement services during the Fourth of July Holiday to <br />enable the Newport Beach Police Department to respond to emergencies and <br />maintain public safety. The Newport Beach Police Department could not provide <br />police and emergency services in the Oceanfront area in the absence of the <br />temporary street closures authorized by this Resolution; <br />F. The Fourth of July Holiday brings with it an increased threat of fire (due to illegal <br />fireworks), and much higher than normal incidence of medical emergencies. The City <br />routinely enlists the aid of neighboring cities to provide supplemental fire support <br />service to enable the Newport Beach Fire Department to respond to medical <br />emergencies and suppress fires as necessary. The Newport Beach Fire Department <br />could not travel to or from the scene of medical or fire emergencies in the Oceanfront <br />area in the absence of the temporary street closures authorized by this Resolution; <br />• G. The Vehicle Code of the State of California permits the temporary closure of any <br />street when the Legislative body determines that closure is necessary for the safety <br />and protection of persons who are to use that portion of the street during closure, and <br />the City Council determines that the closures authorized by this Resolution are <br />