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Peggy Verkest, Dana Point

I just finished reading Toni Nelson’s Letter to the Editor regarding short-term vacation rentals.

Think about it logically; if someone comes in from another area, do you really think they will want to party in their Airbnb location and disturb the neighbors, or do you think they would rather travel to local venues, such as Hennessey’s, Two Left Forks, Wind and Sea, kayak rental, a harbor cruise or another location in the Dana Point Harbor?

As a newly single woman of 53, I am proud to say that I recently purchased my first home in Dana Point after living in Laguna Niguel for the past 20 years. I am so happy to be away from HOAs and CC&Rs! I relish the fact that I can now do what I want with my own residence! And, I realize that my neighbors can as well. I am five minutes from Doheny Beach, and I have a rooftop view of the ocean!

I return to my home state of Michigan every summer, and I would like to be able to share my beautiful home, view and city of Dana Point with other people through vacation rentals while I am away for five weeks. I have several family members in Michigan who have made great use of short-term vacation rental sites, such as Airbnb.

I take great offense to people that call users of this great option as transients. They are simply vacationers who want to see and experience places around the world. And, don’t we want to have Dana Point as a new vacation destination?

I also take offense as a “Dana Pointer” to being told I “may wake up one day and have a mini-hotel or two operating next to” me!

This is simply a silly scare tactic.

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comments (3)

  • It’s amazing how many opinions and mandates Ms. Nelson has every month. It’s a wonder how we survived before she moved here a few years ago. Capo Cares? More like Nelson’s nagging. Stay tuned for her next rant.

    • Hi Ben, haven’t seen anything you’ve written that helps to improve our town lately or sat through endless city council meetings and represent your neighbors when they have issues which is what Mrs. Nelson is asked to do all the time. She is an advocate for the silent majority, especially in Capo which has been treated like a step child by the city for a long time and now Mrs. Nelson has gotten them to commit planning and money to improving this area. It takes a ‘nagging’ person to get something done and you don’t even know a fraction of the things that have improved due to her willingness to fight for her community. Instead of criticizing someone and something you don’t know anything about, why don’t you get out of your recliner and help to improve your community too.

  • Say, Ben, there are “talkers” and there are “doers.” For years, no one was “doing” for Capo Beach, so thank God for people like Toni Nelson and Capo Cares!

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