Newport Beach had the future in their harbor and they threw it away. Water-propelled jetpacks, which are attached to a boat via a leash-like hose, have been under fire in Newport for about a year, because residents are worked up about the noise and danger of the activity (but mostly the noise, it seems). Back in February, the city council was leaning toward regulating jetpacking operations in Newport Harbor, but instead they voted last week to draft an ordinance that would ban jetpacks and other "water-propelled vessels" from the harbor.
"I had an opportunity to witness this personally," says Newport Beach's mayor about jetpacks. "I was out on the water this past weekend and I saw with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears and thought, 'Oh my goodness, I would not want to be living right there, wherever it ends up.'"
· Newport Beach moves toward banning jetpacks from harbor [LAT]