By Jill Richardson, Dana Point
Let’s Face it, the “real” reason why the pines trees were cut down in Lantern Bay park is because the Marriott hotel could have a better view of the ocean from the pool deck.
I don’t recall any notice from the Planning Commission, City Council or parks department to notify the public or get the public’s input for changes (bocce ball courts) within the park.
I was told by Brian McClure that the staff “selected the least used area of the park to add this amenity. While the park contains close to 300 trees, only seven trees were removed for the bocce ball courts. This area is already fairly level which minimizes the cost of grading and allows for ADA connection to the courts using the existing walkway.”
My response: There’s plenty of room to have saved these trees and have these courts at Lantern Bay Park. It’s a shame that the parks department of Dana Point did not give any public notice, plan ahead and save money to allow this “land grading” at another location in the park. This could have been done and the trees that have been preserved.