NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Finding compromise in the ongoing fight over beach fire pits, the Newport Beach City Council has passed an ordinance that would allow only fuels such as natural wood, low-emission logs, charcoal and natural gas to be burned.
The Orange County Register says with the 6-1 vote Tuesday, the city is complying with regulators and would not have to pay thousands of dollars in fines.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District's regulation banning fire pits within 700 feet of homes will become effective March 1.
City Manager Dave Kiff says he plans to enforce the ordinance with code enforcement and police night patrols.
A bill making its way through the Legislature would give the state power to supersede the AQMD and make the final decision on fire pits.
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