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DP logoKelly Davis, Dana Point

I live across the street from The Strand and walk the trails almost every day. The public trails, parks and open space that the developer dedicated to Dana Point is an amazing and generous gift to the community. I recently read that after reimbursing the city of Dana Point for its legal costs (for more than 12 years and to the tune of $1,540,000), the Strand developer stopped paying when he discovered that the city had been over-billing him. Now, astoundingly, the city is paying an $800-per-hour attorney to sue Sanford Edward and Headlands Reserve, LLC for failure to pay. Why would the city take such drastic actions in order to reconcile a simple accounting error? I don’t believe that the city intended to bill the developer or hold him hostage to pay an inflated bill so why draw the line in the sand? The city should reconsider its hasty actions and mediate with Edward rather than sue him. Seriously, the city should use our taxpayers’ money for more important things, like finally finishing the improvements to the Town Center.

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