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New Ordinances to Protect Neighborhoods

In March, the Laguna Beach City Council approved a new $2M resident-serving program called the "Neighborhood & Environmental Protection Plan," to mitigate visitor impacts to neighborhoods, enhance City services for residents, and add environmental protection programs.

“This action by the Council will better protect our neighborhoods and preserve the natural beauty of our beaches and open space areas,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “Through numerous neighborhood outreach meetings with our residents and neighbors over the last year, we’ve heard that more police protection, parking enforcement and trash pickup are needed to maintain the quality of life that we all expect. By committing $2 million to this effort, we are confident that we will produce positive and tangible results for our community.”

Starting July 15:

  • No plastic straws or single-use plastic containers on beaches and trails
  • No restaurant distribution of single-use to-go containers, including plastic take-out bags and utensil sleeves
  • No feeding of wild birds in City Parks
  • No large shade structures on beaches to preserve public safety sightlines
  • No storage of bicycles on Main Beach and Heisler Park
  • Expanding prohibition of abandonment of personal property in public spaces
  • Non-coastal community parks to close at 10:00 p.m.

Neighborhood and Environmental Protection Plan service enhancements include new weekend "Litter Picker Crews" in South Laguna, North Laguna and TOW and along Coast Highway, and increasing the frequency and duration of public trash collection services at City beaches and along Coast Highway on weekends is already in effect. Additional trash cans have also be added at new locations and service dates extended for increased afternoon trash collection.

Click here to read a Press Release about the Neighborhood & Environmental Protection Plan.

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