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Terry Goller, Dana Point

Summer is almost over and we certainly have had plenty of events, so many in fact that many of the residents are wondering what happened to our city. We know that the city has hired an economic director with the support of the hotels and the have been very good at their job. The question is … at what expense? Or should I say, at our expense.

Many residents are finding that the traffic and congestion isn’t a positive thing for own town. We have the Chili Cookoff & Country Jamboree; Doheny Blues Festival; Food, Wine & Music Festival; World Highland Games; Concours d’Elegance; Elephant Parade; surf contests, Battle of the Paddle, Dana Point Grand Prix and more. Not to mention our traditional Festival of Whales and Tall Ships Festival. We are gracious hosts but many prefer to stay away, given the congestion and parking issues.

We understand that some think these events will help boost our local businesses and support the new Town Center. Actually, the biggest recipients are in the Harbor area, which is owned by the county and not in proximity to our local business community. As far as the hotel interests, isn’t going on vacation the idea of getting away to enjoy the scenic beauty with a restful ambiance? It doesn’t seem to fit the bill.

Please, City Fathers, help us restore our city back to our beautiful Dana Point.

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  • Our city leaders seem to think that Dana Point can become a “destination” vacation spot. The fact is that Dana Point Harbor, which is badly in need of renovation, is our main attraction. Meanwhile, we are starting the Town Center infrastructure without substantial developer commitments to the area. Maybe they feel that if we build it they will come. In this economy that’s a big IF!

  • Terry, I get where you’re coming from, but if you think we have it bad, try driving or walking or parking around San Clemente (and especially Laguana Beach) on a weekend during the summer. By comparison, Dana Point is a ghost town. The reason why our city is so quiet and calm, despite the beautiful beaches and harbor is because it is under-developed, filled with too many chain restaurants/businesses, and the speed limits are too high through town. Part of the reason why the City is hosting so many events/festivals is to rival our surrounding cities for visitors, which is a good thing. Frankly, the problem isn’t too many events, it’s citizens like you that hold up progress and whine about crowds. If you want your property values to remain stagnant then by all means continue to complain and obstruct. Personally, I welcome the increase of fun summer events and the economic & developmental progress they will eventually lead to.

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