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The weekend of July 3 through July 5 are some of the busiest days of summer at Dana Point Harbor. Special traffic and parking control plans will be put in place to ease congestion and public access. This photo shows some of last year’s crowd enjoying the customary July 4 water fight. Photo: Andrea Swayne
The weekend of July 3 through July 5 are some of the busiest days of summer at Dana Point Harbor. Special traffic and parking control plans will be put in place to ease congestion and public access. This photo shows some of last year’s crowd enjoying the customary July 4 water fight. Photo: Andrea Swayne

By Andrea Swayne

Dana Point Police Services has announced its traffic control plan and the Harbor, its parking plan for July 3 through 5.

In order to facilitate a smooth flow of traffic inside, into and out of the Harbor on July 4, left turns will not be allowed on Dana Point Harbor Drive from Pacific Coast Highway to Baby Beach, with the exception of Embarcadero and Golden Lantern. Access to all other roads will be accessible from eastbound DP Harbor Drive, assuming roads and parking lots are not closed to traffic.

Lot access at Doheny State Beach and Puerto Place will close when lots are full. Those who need access to Puerto Place businesses should call Police Services during road closures.

Deputies will continuously monitor usage of parking lots on the island and when the lots are full, will close the Island Way Bridge at any time between noon and 7:30 p.m. Contact Police Services if the barricade is up, to ask whether access is possible.

From July 3 through July 5, marina parking lots will be staffed and monitored, using discretion to determine the number of guest vehicles admitted. Boaters are advised to ask their guests to use street parking and/or carpool. RVs, trailers and campers are not allowed in marina lots and will be subject to tow. On July 4 only, golf cart shuttles for boaters and guests will be located near marina lot entrances. Slip rentals do not guarantee a place to park a vehicle, only a boat.

Also on July 4 only, Cove Road will be open throughout the day and then close during the fireworks show, set to begin at 9 p.m. Personal vehicle access to the Harbor closes at 7:30 p.m. and reopens at approximately 10:30 p.m. Free shuttle service within the Harbor and to and from Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, begins at 8 a.m. and runs through midnight.

All services are subject to change, based on conditions.

For more information, contact Dana Point Police Services at 949.248.3550

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