Dana Point Harbor revitalization plans would see the demolition of 13 buildings currently housing local retailers and eateries. Those buildings are slated for replacement with seven new structures and a 35,000-square-foot park. Rendering courtesy of Orange County
Dana Point Harbor revitalization plans would see the demolition of 13 buildings currently housing local retailers and eateries. Those buildings are slated for replacement with seven new structures and a 35,000-square-foot park. Rendering courtesy of Orange County

By Andrea Papagianis

Orange County’s long-discussed $140 million project to give the aging Dana Point Harbor a facelift is on hold as an appeal works its way through the California Coastal Commission.

After the Planning Commission granted the county a development permit for the revitalization project’s landside element, a recreational boaters group appealed to the City Council.

Plans include the demolition of 13 existing structures and reconstruction of seven commercial buildings with 30,000 square feet of new retail. The county also plans to build a 35,000-square-foot park, a two-level parking structure, and, eventually, a dry-boat storage facility to house 400 vessels.

The five-member council heard comments from boaters who fear the new storage facility will greatly alter the relationship between man and boat. Some also raised concern that certain boating amenities could be negatively impacted, such as parking. Harbor business owners countered, saying residents, businesses and visitors had waited long enough for necessary infrastructure changes.

City council members unanimously denied the appeal.

Boaters 4 Dana Point Harbor took their appeal to the Coastal Commission. Two coastal commissioners also appealed the development permit. A hearing was expected within 49 days of filing at the CCC’s Aug. 13-15 meeting, but a waiver was granted, said Teresa Henry, the CCC’s south coast district manager.

The hearing date has not been rescheduled.

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  • Harbor Revamp Appealed to Coastal Commission Great! Is it too little too late? The Coastal Commission didn’t Save Stands Beach!

    Comment: This HARBOR REMODEL for RENTAL INCOMES is a very hot subject as Dana Point residents know nothing … for what they do not realize is that they are about to be robbed. Not robbed like losing money from your wallet. But, being robbed of the main reasons you love to live in Dana Point; merchants or residents, the Chamber of Commerce should be against the Harbor Remodel!

    O.C. citizens should wake up, (10 x more scandalous than losing the Pocket Mouse ) my friends of 35 years in D.P. who know me, from Save the Headlands to Recall CUSD please take time to stop this horrible redevelopment plan. You lost Strands Beach for not waking up. I blame the sleepy apathetic, overly trusting, our shared political experience. You are to blame for losing the Stands Beach, for trusting the Coastal Commission, for everything you get, because you did not take action and be a responsible Thomas Jefferson-like citizen.

    For example: For acting too late, our school district suffers a negative $1 million a year (each year) in debt recovery from 2003 to 2008 wasteful spending / via tax contractors / political corrupt process.
    The Harbor is an environment quality that is about to be stolen; your ocean views gone, your elbow room jammed, your pleasant open harbor walk experience will be tread upon, doubling or tripling the density of people traffic since the plan will only eat up, take away the space, the experience, the views, sounds, smells, etc.

    If you want shopping, boat repair, hair cuts, more Mexican Food, then go to the SHOP at MISSION VIEJO. The very selfish purpose by O.C. Supervisors is to have the County Rental Properties double and triple the rental incomes. To hell with beach views. A stupid and horrible plan is under way, your newspapers don’t tell of the past crisis, they will not tell of the current crisis – to motivate you. Instead, they do write about the subject to put you to sleep; these papers have a propaganda function, as well, a news and entertainment function secondly.
    This group, “Boaters 4 Dana Point Harbor took their appeal to the Coastal Commission” needs your help, x10. But, believe it or not, they do not protest the huge environmental impacts that wreck your harbor experience and enjoyment. I support their cause, although a small moral stand, it is small compared to the environmental outrage baring down upon us. Spread the message, show your support to Recall the O.C. Supervisors and the City Council who want “Rental Income Redevelopment” – as they are the politicians, and in disguise, they are the vultures in eagles’ clothing, waiting to feed off these Infrastructure Rental Incomes. Sad.
    Contact me at DaveBartholomew at cox dot net to organize. Please.
    Or, go shopping.

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