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chamber logoBy Heather Johnston, Executive Director, Dana Point Chamber of Commerce

This year will mark the 200th birthday of Richard Henry Dana Jr., our city’s namesake and the man who put Dana Point on the map.  It’s fitting that our beautiful city would be the setting for his narrative, Two Years Before the Mast, and continues to exhibit the majesty that Dana transcribes in his memoir.

Each year, the Dana Point Chamber honors businesses who continue to preserve the beauty of Dana Point.  The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Beautification Awards are given to businesses who invest in the improvement—whether historical preservation, landscape or exterior improvements—of the city of Dana Point.  Recipients of the award are honored at the State of the City Address hosted by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce.

The address will be given by Mayor Carlos N. Olvera, a historian of Dana Point and previous president of the Historical Society.  Mayor Olvera will focus on our illustrious history, the current economic climate and the many reasons why we all love Dana Point.

This year’s event will be held on May 15 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa.

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations for our annual Beautification Awards to honor businesses in Dana Point and Capistrano Beach who have made efforts to renew, or reconstruct our city and continue to preserve the Dana Point beauty that Richard Henry Dana Jr. once wrote of.

The most recent Beautification Award winners include Stillwater Spirits and Sounds, Maddie James Seaside Learning Center and Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern.

For information on how you can nominate a worthy business, please contact the chamber at 949.496.1555 or email us at

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