06 • 01 • 2020
Protect Jump Off Joe
The Newport Chapter is working to block a harmful development in a geologically unstable area that has served as a historic beach access.
VICTORY! The property owner has not reapplied for a building permit and has placed the lots up for sale.
The Issue: Owners of property on the west side of Spring Street in Newport want to build a house and two duplexes in an area proven to be geologically unstable. The first building permit for this property was challenged by neighbors and the property owner withdrew their permit application to respond to geologic concerns. As part of the development, the owners are also pursuing a vacation of a county road that runs through the property and has served as a historical beach access.
Update, December 4, 2018: Due to community opposition, the property owner has withdrawn their application for the County to vacate Jump Off Joe County Road # 500. The fight does not stop here! The City of Newport expects the property owner to submit another building permit application in January 2019.
Update, December 17, 2019: Over the past few months, Surfrider has worked with area neighbors to improve the beach access trail at Jump Off Joes. Today, the County Public Works Director officially signed off on the completion of the trail!