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By Roxanna Watrous, Dana Point
Regarding the Town Center-Lantern District, concerned Dana Point residents want to know:
- Exactly how much money have we spent on the Town Center project so far?
- As of right now, what have we gotten for our money?
- How long did it take Dana Point to save the money that was spent on Town Center?
- How long, in concrete numbers, before we get a return on our Town Center investment?
- How does around $20 million spent on palm trees and sidewalks financially incentivize developers or new desirable businesses to move into Dana Point Town Center?
- Aside from the Majestic Project, how many other Town Center projects are underway?
- Was the Majestic Project specifically enticed to develop base on our $20 million expenditure?
- If the primary goal of the Town Center Plan was to create a vibrant shopping district while maintaining our small beach town atmosphere, how does approving a high density apartment development that looks like a prison, achieve this?
- If we want a vibrant shopping district, why didn’t we pursue the types of businesses we want directly by providing tax breaks or other incentives instead of spending our money on palm trees and sidewalks? It’s like spending money on flowers to attract bees instead of just buying some honey.
- Moving forward, what measures will the current City Council take to curtail this path of wasteful spending and uphold its fiduciary duty to the taxpayers?
For more information on Dana Point residents’ concerns regarding the Town Center project, please contact local civic advocate and attorney Roxanna Watrous at email@example.com.