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Joe Cury, Dana Point

I wonder who is right, the developer who says no coastal views will be blocked, or Chris Mitchell (and others) who say their ocean view will be “annihilated?” Perhaps the new Option “B” won’t block ocean views, but the old proposal would have (“Inn Dissension,” Dana Point Times, December 13, Vol. 6, Issue 50).

Putting that controversy aside, I’m sympathetic to the idea of keeping noise, pollution and traffic in Dana Point to a minimum. The question I have is whether stopping the proposed hotel will further that aim. For example, what happens if the hotel is not approved and instead we get an In-N-Out Burger joint at that intersection?

That’s only one of several possibilities, but if you want an idea of the kind of traffic that could generate, go to the one near the corner of Camino Capistrano and Avery Parkway in Laguna Niguel. There’s a constant stream of cars attempting to enter the facility. The number of people from nearby towns or traveling along Interstate 5 with their smartphones who would stop by for a quick, inexpensive meal, is much greater than the number of wealthy people who would pay over $300 per night for a four-star hotel.

The developer stated that a smaller hotel would not be economical. I wonder what other realistic developments there are for that location. Maybe an apartment or condo complex is a possibility. Regardless, I don’t see the subject lots staying in the current state for long, so the proposed hotel should be compared against whatever will end up being built.

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