By Andrea Papagianis
City Council members on Tuesday were once again called to provide leadership and act upon revitalization plans for the Dana Point Town Center by a coalition of citizens and local business owners.
Plans were approved back in 2006, but since, little movement has been made.
“The council can no longer be gripped by paralysis or inaction,” said Robert Hows, a resident and long-time realtor in Dana Point. “The time to put aside all of these old ideas and misconceptions is now.”
Hows expressed concern over the upcoming budget process, in which the city’s budget for the next two fiscal years will be determined, in what he said “could be the most important budget cycle to affect public goods in the city since it was founded.”
Over the next several months, the City Council and staff will prepare the city’s next budget, to be adopted prior to June 30. According to City Manager Doug Chotkevys, the process will focus on economic recovery and the impact on the city.
Other speakers pushed the city to take a risk and invest capital in the project.
“When I start a new project in my business, if I focused on the reasons not to do it, I would never have any projects, ever,” said Mike Powers, owner of Greenfield Communications. “Either explain to us why it can’t be done, or show leadership, find those hurdles and let’s overcome them.”
On February 15, Chotkevys and Brad Fowler, director of public works, will be on hand at the Dana Point Civic Association Coffee Chat to provide the latest information on the Town Center project. Coffee Chats are held the third Friday of every month starting at 8:30 a.m. at Coffee Importers, 34531 Golden Lantern St.—at the Harbor.