Dana Point celebrates 25 years of cityhood, mayor applauds successes

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By Andrea Papagianis

Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett highlighted a year of city achievements during the annual State of the City address and luncheon, held Tuesday at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort.

Bartlett touched on the city’s downtown infrastructure project to revamp the Lantern District (formerly labeled Town Center), on the success of the open-air Elephant Parade exhibit and the city’s positive financial status—no debt and substantial cash reserves.

During the gathering, the Chamber of Commerce presented awards to area businesses and organizations for going “above and beyond” in keeping Dana Point attractive and for creating a sense of community.

Award recipients included Crown Acquisitions, Inc. for rehabbing a building at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Crystal Lantern; Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, which opened last fall in an overhauled front across from the Dana Point Harbor; and StillWater Spirits & Sounds for preserving culture at its historic storefront that served as a sales office for Dana Point’s first developer in the 1920s.

Lastly, the Ocean Institute was honored for its Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. The waterfront center opened last May in memory of a 5-year-old Capistrano Beach kindergartener, who passed away in March 2011 and whose favorite place to visit was the Ocean Institute.

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