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Welcome To Newport Beach: No Smoking, No Yoga Classes Without Permission... Maybe

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Newport Beach may be revising their stance on what is allowed and what requires permission at the area's parks and beaches.

Personal trainers and others would have to get permission from the city if they want to hold classes, should the new rule take effect. If the Parks & Recreation Commission approves the measure on Wednesday, the next set of voting would be turned over to City Council, according to the Daily Pilot.

A staff report says the change would ban "instructional activity for monetary gain" because the private classes interfere with the public programs organized by the city, and they limit public access to parks and beaches. "Moreover, these individuals are using public parks and beaches for personal financial gain while at the same time their increased use of the parks and beaches is draining the city's limited resources to maintain them," the report says..

Written permission would have to be obtained from the Recreation & Senior Services Department before and instructor can conduct a course. Wednesdays gathering will also vote on banning smoking in public parks, a measure tentatively approved in April by City Council.