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The County of Orange is Listening!
Let them Know a Safe & Full Service Harbor is Best for All

The County has made positive changes to the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan. The second 75-foot-high dry-stack storage unit has been eliminated thanks in part to your voices. There is still more work to be done. The Harbor needs a Shipyard that can accommodate the demands of current and future boaters, large and small. The Shipyard is proposing on-site improvements to match its service offerings to the evolving needs of the Harbor and boating public. However, the current Revitalization Plan still substantially reduces the size of the Shipyard, making those improvements infeasible. The revised Revitalization Plan also creates significant boating and traffic congestion in the critical launch ramp area. Therefore, the County's Plan is not yet ready for approval.

Key issues of concern include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Full Service Harbor Functionality: The Shipyard is a Harbor amenity that should be protected and prioritized. The revised plan reduces the Shipyard site by approximately 1/3! As a result, the Shipyard site will be insufficient to provide needed marine services for existing and future boats using the Harbor. Please include space for an adequate and revitalized Shipyard within a revitalized Harbor.

  • Full Service Harbor Functionality: The Shipyard is a Harbor amenity that should be protected and prioritized. The revised plan reduces the Shipyard site by approximately 1/3! As a result, the Shipyard site will be insufficient to provide needed marine services for existing and future boats using the Harbor. Please include space for an adequate and revitalized Shipyard within a revitalized Harbor.

  • Local Boating Needs Not Met: Dana Point is synonymous with boating. The Harbor should be "boater-friendly" to the greatest extent possible. Retaining an adequately sized Shipyard minimizes the need for boaters to travel for service. Many commercial and recreational boats berthed in the harbor cannot get full service because of existing equipment constraints, and proposed site downsizing. These larger and wider boats are forced to leave the Harbor in search of service. Resolve this costly problem for local boaters by maintaining a Shipyard site that meets the Harbor's boating needs.

  • Public Safety Impacts: A Shipyard provides important emergency response services such as raising sunken boats, responding to emergency boat malfunctions and getting boats on fire out of the water. The Revitalization Plan limits the Shipyard's ability to provide critical emergency response to many boats in the Harbor. Improve Harbor safety for all boaters. 

  • Water Quality will Likely Deteriorate: The Shipyard has, and would like to add more, on-site water clarification systems. The Harbor's Clean Marina program encourages use of facilities that reduce release of toxic marine contaminants. The Revitalization Plan precludes adding service capacity and more water treatment, thereby increasing water quality impacts.

  •  Increased Boat & Traffic Congestion: The revised Plan could also create significant boat and traffic congestion near the public boat launch that will impact the entire boating public in this busy part of the marina. 

The Dana Point City Council will hold a public hearing as early as Wednesday, September 13th, to review the County's plan. Please contact the City of Dana Point and ask them to amend the Revitalization Plan to provide for an adequately sized Shipyard. Please help our Harbor by signing and mailing the post card to the City Council. Protect the boaters that have been so instrumental in the history and evolution of Dana Point and Dana Point Harbor. 

You can also e-mail the Mayor and Council Members: jlittler@danapoint.org (Please address your comments to the Mayor and Council Members and it will be distributed to them.) 

Thank you for your assistance on this important matter!
For more information, or if you have questions, please call
Cathy Cope at Dana Point Shipyard (949) 661-1313.

 

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