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Newport Beach

March 15, 2000|Noaki Schwartz, (949) 574-4232

Six weeks after Newport Coast residents threatened to oppose annexation unless the city handed over the millions it would get from the Irvine Ranch Water District, the matter appears to be stagnating.

In what was supposed to be the definitive meeting Friday, city officials spoke with Newport Coast resident representatives, but have yet to resolve the issue.

Newport Coast spokesman and resident Jim McGee said the city told residents they would get all of the $25 million to help pay for the community's bond and to repair its ailing infrastructure. However, city staff said they don't recall making such a blanket promise.

Still, Mayor John E. Noyes, who attended the meeting, said that they are "one step closer" and he is optimistic the matter will be resolved by April.

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