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Deborah Blaine, Dana Point
Dear Mayor Weinberg,
I am a five year resident of Dana Point and in particular Niguel Beach Terrance Condominiums. As such, I have been an observer of the growth and development of the project (Strand Vista Park) over the years and would just like to make a couple of brief comments, as I am sure you receive a lot of unsolicited advice. I walk the area daily, as do my neighbors, so I feel like I have a pretty good feel for the goings on and vibe of the day to day of the area.
First, I don’t understand why the parking lot isn’t metered. This would give the city much needed revenue and would aid in the cluster situation that arises from the free for all that goes on now since it is free and people will basically park almost anywhere (including on curbs and in red curbed areas, and are not cited).
We have brought this up to another city official a couple years back and were told it is “too expensive” to meter the lot. I find this hilarious, as you could install a system similar to what they have at Treasure Island Park (by the Montage) or Salt Creek Beach, which is a machine and then patrons get tickets and put them in their cars.
Your senior volunteers could monitor this, so I don’t see how this would really be “cost prohibitive,” as I believe you would bring in a quite a lot of money. This would also hopefully keep out some of the undesirables that come and park to smoke marijuana and have sex—in broad daylight.
Secondly, the walkway is filthy. The waste cans do get emptied, but the ground needs to be power washed, as do the steps on a regular basis. They are littered with cigarette butts, picnic trash, bottle caps and other detritus the morning after the tourists (and bad mannered townies) have gone home and left their debris behind.
Enjoy the vista and leave your trash. Guess that’s the American way. Just not the America I was brought up to believe in. Thank you for your time.