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Barbara Wilson, Dana Point

At the Feb. 21 City Council meeting, it was proposed by Mayor Debra Lewis (seconded by Paul Wyatt) that Dana Point join the Concerned Coastal Commission Coalition. This in an invaluable resource composed of coastal cities from San Diego County and Orange County, whose goal is to unite as a bigger political voice on local, state and federal issues that particularly impact our southern coastal communities.

Shared issues such as dealing with the California Coastal Commission, regulating short-term rentals and recovery homes, homelessness, San Onofre spent fuel storage, beach erosion/pollution/protection and airline flight plan changes are addressed in the group.

Dana Point’s legal expenses are skyrocketing, so to avoid litigation is paramount. We can share knowledge and experiences from other cities to benefit us in resolving similar problems.

The cost of joining the CCCC for this year, which is discounted to $3,600, is much less than the cost of one palm tree to be planted in the center median. This is a chance for us to save many times this cost in solving serious issues and helping to find ways to enhance our city.

There is strength in numbers so when membership to the CCCC is reintroduced, I hope that the three Council members who voted against joining our neighbors will reconsider. The more we work with our sister cities, the more minds and resources we can commit to solving our problems.

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