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Newport Beach Debuts New Civic Center

Hundreds of residents from around Orange County strolled through the new Civic Center in Newport Beach on Saturday at its official grand opening.

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday in Newport Beach to celebrate the official unveiling of the city's new Civic Center.

The dedication ceremony included music by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, the 1/1 Marines Color Guard and remarks from Mayor Keith Curry and Councilman Ed Selich. Guests spent the day strolling through the new building and exploring the 14-acre park.

Residents like Carol Jung said they were pleased with the finished product.

"This makes me really proud, it's good to see all of the neighbors come together," Jung said. "It confirms this is the best place to live."

"It's not just Newport Beach that's going to appreciate this," Costa Mesa resident Susie West added. "All of Orange County will, it's a very special place."

During the festivities guests were treated to sample food tastings from 22 local restaurants including Zinc Cafe, the Island Hotel, Whole Foods and Bristol Farms. 

Kids enjoyed face painting, crafts and a magic show.

But the grand opening also had some naysayers on hand.

A handful of Stop the Dock Tax protesters gathered to voice their opposition to the project.

"It's like stealing from the public, children, grandchildren; No right in my mind to spend $130 million dollars," Bob McCaffrey, the group's chairman, said. "As for the dog park, City Hall is in the business of people, not business of dogs." 

A plane flying above also carried a protest banner overhead during the dedication ceremony.

Chip Long May 05, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Disappointed . . . when I think of Huntington beach, I think of surfing, when I think of Laguna Beach I think of artist, and eh I think of Newport Beach I think of classy. However, as I attended the grand opening of the new Civic Center today, i was expecting to see a classy building, and what i saw instead was a hodge podge. The rabbits are ridiculous, the cactus plants in the front of the building don't belong at the beach or at a building with sails, the yellow and green walls inside look hideous and childish, the green walls in the parking structure are an eyesore. Very disappointed and awestruck at the cost. The go ahead to build the city hall barely passed as there were many dissenters . . . and was ONLY going to cost $40-60 million. However the mayor and city council put a SPIN on it and now call it a civic center. Now, for the next 30 years the taxpayers will be saddled with this debt. Government spending at all levels is out of control with no accountability!
Tina Hoffman May 05, 2013 at 07:08 PM
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