"This is a very important issue," he said. "Obviously, there are two different points of view, and there's a lot of public interest. We've received letters from people on the East Coast, the Midwest and in Canada. That's the level of interest … it extends well beyond the boundaries of Orange County."
To see the city's application and other information about its efforts to remove fire rings, visit http://www.newportbeachca.gov.
The fire rings webpage, which was updated Aug. 23, indicates that the issue could be resolved in six to 12 months.
Rabin said the commission would have 180 days to review the application after it was deemed complete.
—Corona del Mar Today reader Jim Mosher helped research city archives for this story.
First PTA meeting
The Corona del Mar High School and Middle School PTA held the first general meeting of the school year Wednesday.
PTA Home Tour organizers described this year's event, which will take place Oct. 23 and feature self-guided tours of six homes.
CdM gear again will be sold along with other gift items at the luncheon, and Eric Cortina of Roger's Gardens designed a new Sea King-themed Christmas ornament, said Michele Caston, co-chairwoman. Last year, the ornaments sold out in three weeks and raised $7,000.
School officials said the new pool parking lot reconfiguration had caused some confusion on the first day of school, but already by today traffic was improving.