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By Toni Nelson and Patricia O’Keefe, Capistrano Beach, Capo Cares co-chairs

Capo Cares! Recently, about 60 Capistrano Beach residents gathered at a backyard community forum with three Council candidates and discovered they are united in a common cause—a vital interest in beautifying and improving their coastal neighborhood and taking their rightful place as a full and equal partner in the City of Dana Point. They quickly discovered there is a growing sentiment among residents that Capo Beach has been treated as the “poor relation” for far too long, and Capo Cares was born.

In the last four years, over $20 million (including $7.7 million which depleted city reserves) has been spent on palm trees, sidewalks and roadways solely in Dana Point Town Center. This amount approaches the annual revenue of Dana Point—on one project, serving one area. Meanwhile, Capistrano Beach, the southern entrance to the City, continues to deteriorate, creating a noticeable lack of cohesion between City neighborhoods. Particularly troubling is the fact that a parcel of surplus city land in Capo Beach was sold for $3.6 million in early 2014, and the funds were earmarked for Town Center. To say that Capo residents feel unrepresented and neglected is a serious understatement.

All three candidates, Nancy Jenkins, Jody Payne and John Tomlinson, pledged to ensure that Capistrano Beach is treated equitably, alongside all Dana Point areas, in the next Council session. Capo Cares will be working to make sure that happens.

We are concerned that the Doheny Village Plan has stalled since early 2010; that several key areas of public landscaping is unsightly or negligible; our pedestrian bridge is a rusted, deteriorated eyesore; and our roadways are ugly and neglected.

Capo Cares brings together residents of Capistrano Beach who love our beautiful coastal location and charming, eclectic town. Our neighborhood represents a significant portion of city households and has a large property tax base that contributes to city coffers. Our goal is to participate in important matters facing us to ensure that City Council represents all constituencies. We want to be a vital part of Dana Point—a unique and inviting gateway to the city.

Dana Point is a jewel of a seaside town, and we want to sparkle too. Concerned residents of Capistrano Beach are invited to email us at and join our Facebook page

Together we can beautify our town while preserving its unique charm and appeal.

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  • Your Quote “Together we can beautify our town while preserving its unique charm and appeal.”
    Be careful what you ask for.
    Your current and upcoming city council will open the doors to four story mixed use buildings and destroy any of the charm the same as they’ve done to the ongoing Lantern Village.
    I suggest you head down and take photos to remember what Capo Beach is now.
    San Juan Capistrano’s council has done the same to their city’s charm and appeal.

    My guess is they will begin with the Beachwood trailer park property’s charm and appeal.

  • I think Dohney Village is shameful. I have lived here for 10 plus years and have been so disappointed in our progress. I travel all over the area and think Tiajuna has nicer shopping centers than we do. It is not beautiful here and it should be, because it is as good or better than Dana Point as a beach community. It is my sincere wish that it could become as lovely as it’s potential. Dana Point city Council needs to recognize our potential and pay attention!

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