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Newport Beach, California

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[flag of Newport Beach, California] photo provided Don Webb, Mayor, March 2005

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Flag Description

From "1963 Official Newport Beach city flag adopted, designed by 11-year-old Jeff Wilcox" and from  "This event features a traditional American
flag lowering ceremony, including lowering of the State of California and Newport Beach city flags."
I haven't been able to find an image or description of the flag yet.
Ned Smith, 5 March 2005

The seal itself is quite heraldic in both concept and execution, especially the central image. The seal follows the standard circular format, with white being the basic color. Surrounding the seal is a thick external border in deep ultramarine, indented at the cardinal points of the compass. Running around the entire top of the outer ring are the words 'CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH' in deep ultramarine block lettering, with the word 'CALIFORNIA' appearing at the bottom in much smaller but similarly colored block lettering.
The outer ring is separated from the central image by a thin internal border, also in deep ultramarine. the image itself is quartered, but the actual quartering is such that the quarters are unequal in size, the upper ones being much larger than the lower ones. The fess is a thick dark horizontal line in dark ultramarine, with the pale being a much thinner vertical line in the same color. The entire upper portion of the central image is dominated by the sails and masts of a clipper ship in ochre. The lower left quarter is white, and depicts two fish, an albacore or tuna facing right and a much smaller fish, possibly a grunion, facing left. The lower right quarter attempts to give a wave effect.
Ron Lahav
, 6 March 2005

The City Seal

Rexford Brandt was commissioned on May 18, 1957 to design a new official seal for the City. His modifications consisted of:
- simplifying and modernizing the sailboats;
- deleting the anchor;
- including two fish (albacore, as recommended by members of the Balboa Angling Club);
- eliminating the life-preserver outline; and
- using an outline suggestive of compass points.

On July 22, 1957, Ord. 814 adopted the City Seal and described it as being circular, containing a center scene depicting sailboats, fish, and ocean waters; and having the words "City of Newport Beach, California" surrounding the center scene.

Explanation of the City Seal:
- The ripples of water in the lower right hand corner symbolize the wave action on the ocean front.
- The two albacore represent Newport Beach's origin as a fishing village.
- The sailboats portray a predominantly seashore recreational area and yachting resort.
- The outer circle surrounding the seal suggests the four cardinal points of the compass which encompasses the whole as a nautical theme.

Chapter 1.16 of the Newport Beach Municipal Code
Section 1.16.010 Official Seal.
The form of the common seal for the City of Newport Beach shall be circular, containing for a center a scene depicting sail boats, fish and ocean waters, and the words, "City of Newport Beach, California" surrounding the center scene. The official copy of the seal with official city colors as designated thereon shall at all times be kept on file in the office of the City Clerk. (Ord. 814 (part), 1957: 1949 Code 2700)
Section 1.16.020 Official Colors.
The official colors of the City of Newport Beach are hereby established as follows:

New plorchere no.
Golden yellow P.S. 66
Pale yellow P.S. 69
Deep blue P.S. 786
Grayblue P.S. 812
(Ord. 814, 1957: 1949 Code 2700(a))

Section 1.16.030 Official Flag.
An official flag for the City of Newport Beach is hereby adopted. The official flag shall be rectangular in shape with the City seal centered on a white field and with a marine blue stripe forming the length of the flag at the bottom and a gold stripe forming the length of the flag at the top. The standard size of the official flag shall be three feet in width, including the marine blue and the gold stripes, and five feet in length. The stripes shall each be four and one-half inches wide and the City seal shall have a diameter of twenty-four (24) inches. Any reproduction in other than standard size shall maintain the same proportions as the standard size. (Ord. 1071, 1963: 1949 Code 2700.2)

Section 1.16.040 Display of the Official Seal.
The official seal of the City of Newport Beach, when used for display purposes, or as a means of identification, shall be displayed in its entirety, without any deletions or additions thereto, and shall not be obscured from view in any manner. (Ord. 1582 1, 1974
Don Webb, Mayor
, March 2005