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By Andrea Papagianis

Appetizers and cocktails returned the former home of The Castaway, El Adobe by the Sea, Delaney’s and The Beach House to its roots as hundreds gathered at the headquarters of Pacific Asian Enterprises for a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday evening.

Over the last two years, the owners of the brokerage company and manufacturer of the luxury-yacht line Nordhavn, rehabbed a former island-side harbor restaurant structure and opened their international headquarters in December. For nearly 40 years, Orange County natives Dan Streech, and brothers Jim and Jeff Lesihman, conducted business out of the same location in the OC Dana Point Harbor, but as their business grew internationally, their offices expanded throughout Dana Point. And after a decade of traveling between five offices, the 50 plus employees of PAE headquarters are now housed under one roof.

On October 4, community leaders and members of the Nordhavn family, including yacht owners, came together to welcome the company into its new home. Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates led the ceremony, with members of the Dana Point City Council presenting awards of recognition to the global company keeping its roots in Dana Point.

The county owned, rehabbed building sits on the island side of the Harbor and now houses the global design, sales and brokerage branches of Nordhavn Yachts. In March 2011, PAE entered into a 10 year lease with the county, but hopes to stay for the long haul.

For more information on Nordhavn, visit www.nordhavn.com.

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