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0 L -16 <br />TEMPORARY BANNERS EXTENDING OVER <br />THE PUBLIC RIGHT -OF -WAY <br />FINDINGS AND PURPOSE: <br />Temporary banners and signs pose risks to the public in the form of <br />potential physical obstructions in or over the right of way and by distracting an <br />individual who otherwise would, and should, focus on other users. The City <br />Council also finds that, in the absence of the size and number limits specified in <br />this policy, temporary banners or sign could reduce property values, adversely <br />impact land uses, and interfere with the recreational objectives of visitors to the <br />City of Newport Beach. A total prohibition on the installation of temporary <br />banners and signs is appropriate with the exception of the provisions of this <br />Policy and Chapter 20.06 of the Newport Beach Municipal Code because there <br />are adequate alternative means of communication for those wishing to engage in <br />commercial or non - commercial speech except for temporary real estate signs and <br />non -profit groups organizations conducting community wide events co- <br />sponsored by the City of Newport Beach and open to the general public. <br />Finally, the City Council has determined that the restrictions contained in this <br />policy and the provisions of Title 20 of the Newport Beach Municipal Code are <br />the least restrictive means available to accomplish the public safety, economic <br />and aesthetic objectives of the City Council. <br />GENERAL PROVISIONS: <br />Temporary banners and signs shall not be permitted within or over any <br />public street or pedestrian right of way with the exception of temporary real <br />estate signs as specified in Chapter 20.06 of the Newport Beach Municipal Code <br />and banners notifying the general public of a community wide event, open to the <br />general public without charge, conducted by a non -profit corporation or <br />organization, and co- sponsored by the City of Newport Beach. Temporary <br />banners and signs shall be installed in strict compliance with the provisions of <br />this Policy and any conditions imposed on the permit by the Public Works <br />Director. <br />PERMIT PROCESS: <br />I. Except as provided in Tide 20 of the Newport Beach Municipal Code, no <br />person shall install any temporary banner or sign within any public right <br />of way without first obtaining a permit issued by the Public Works <br />Director.