12/6/2023: Dana Point Harbor Advisory Committee Report from Secretary Dennis Parks and Dana Point Harbor Board of Supervisors Update

Update as of

The monthly meeting of the DPHOAC was held Wednesday, December 6. The session was called to order by Chairperson Robert Langan. Alyssa Napuri, Deputy Chief of Staff for Supervisor Foley, presented the Supervisor’s Update as the Supervisor was unable to attend this month’s meeting. She advised the committee that the County was continuing to work closely with the Dana Point Harbor Partners and the Coastal Commission on the permits necessary for the proposed hotels which are the last major piece in the harbor revitalization plan needing the commission’s approval. In addition Ms. Napuri reported and emphasized that the scheduled groundbreaking for the new parking structure is going to happen in January. The parking structure will be Phase 1 and signal the start of the commercial core revitalization. One other point of good news for the committee and the public and business stakeholders of the Dana Point Harbor is that the Orange County IT staff is busy creating an inclusive on-line repository for all of the contracts, documents, construction/phasing schedules, phase schematics, etc. that will be available for public review. Stay tuned for the launch of this important information source for us all. 

Next month’s meeting will include the postponed PowerPoint presentation on the Sailing and Event Center re-imagination “needs” led by committee member Diane Wenzel. 

At the Board of Supervisors meeting this month, the Board approved a major financial agreement that enables Dana Point Harbor Partners, LLC and Dana Point Harbor Partners Drystack, LLC to secure a $60 million construction loan for future phases of the Marina Improvement Project and the Commercial Core Parking Structure.  

This past year we’ve made more progress on the Harbor revitalization than in decades prior. We’ve opened three new phases in our marina, with the fourth completing this month. The Board’s action allows us to officially commence construction on a new landmark in the commercial core in January 2024. I hope you will join us for the groundbreaking.  Stay tuned.