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Bert Bergen, Dana Point

What exactly is the status of the large property at the corner of Del Obispo and Pacific Coast Highway behind the Denny’s?

I own and operate a summer swim program in its third year and am also an assistant coach with San Clemente Aquatics. Both teams swim at the amazing Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center in San Clemente. I would love Dana Point to consider building a recreation facility on that site with a 50-meter pool.

Hosting events, competitions, classes, practices, etc., would be a great opportunity for the city and I would love to relocate my program to Dana Point to better serve interested 4 through 16 year old swimmers. I know that much of the city’s focus is on the upcoming Town Center project, but I keep driving by on the way to San Clemente and it hits me every day.

My team is 145 members strong and I have swimmers from Aliso Viejo, San Juan Capistrano (where we were based for two years), San Clemente and of course, Dana Point in the program. We are poised to win our first league championship next week and I really wish we had a home more central for our membership base.

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