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By Jim Shilander
The Outlets at San Clemente Plaza developer has offered a rental rate of 25 cents on the dollar to the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center in order to move its museum to the outlet mall when it opens in the fall of 2015.
Currently, SHACC is located at the Rancho San Clemente Business Park.
The developer hoped to provide a museum location closer to the water where the organization could have an event space, Jancee Aellig, future general manager of the outlet mall told the San Clemente City Council on Tuesday evening.
Aellig said other cities were courting the museum and outlet developer Steve Craig was committed to keeping it in San Clemente. In 2008 and 2009, a series of community forums brought Dana Point residents out in support and opposition of the Surfing Heritage Foundation’s bid to build a 33,000-square-foot museum in Sea Terrace Park. The project didn’t move forward.
Barry Haun, the museum’s curator, said the museum would have to review the proposal before making a decision.