Gray whales, holiday lights and plans for renovation create a new buzz at Dana Point Harbo

Gray whales, holiday lights and plans for renovation create a new buzz at Dana Point Harbo

DANA POINT — Instead of braving the malls on Black Friday, a record number of people visited Dana Point Harbor the day after Thanksgiving to see if they could catch a glimpse of gray whales starting their annual migration.

The whales didn’t disappoint. Captains with Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching and Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari spotted the magnificent behemoths just outside the harbor.

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(Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

Dana Point boaters, merchants get closer look at what harbor and marina will look like after $330 million overhaul

The Dana Point Harbor Partnership, from left, Dustin Schmidt, Bryon Ward, and Joe Ueberroth, present the proposed plans for the Dana Point Harbor renovation to the public and the Dana Point Harbor Advisory Board at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point on Monday, September 24, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Boaters and merchants got a first look Monday, Sept. 24, at what the renovated Dana Point marina will look like after the 47-year-old Dana Point Harbor undergoes a $330 million renovation.

The presentation by developer Dana Point Harbor Partners, which included details and a construction timeline for the long-awaited project, was held at the Ocean Institute during the monthly meeting of the Dana Point Harbor Advisory Board. More than 100 people attended, including county and Dana Point city officials.

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(Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Abc7: Dana Point Harbor revitalization project approved

The 47-year-old Dana Point Harbor is set to get a big facelift.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a $330 million agreement to revitalize the area.

“To get this thing to move forward is very momentous,” Dana Point Harbor Association President Jim Miller said. “I mean it’s a milestone and a county effort and it’s a big project.”

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Long Beach Business Journal: Strong Demand To Live, Work In Long Beach Prices Increase Across Real Estate Markets

Sales and lease prices in all real estate sectors in Long Beach are continuing to increase due to strong demand to live and work in the city, according to economists and real estate executives. In general, trends in the Long Beach markets are reflecting those throughout Southern California, although some are experiencing more dramatic activity than in other regions.

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OC Register: Newport Beach developer provides details on lease to renovate Dana Point Harbor

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DANA POINT — With a focus on an accelerated construction schedule, representatives of Dana Point Harbor Partners — a Newport Beach-based group selected by the county to tackle a $330 million overhaul of the Dana Point Harbor — for the first time publicly presented concepts to merchants and boaters.

The presentation on Monday night, July 2, at the Ocean Institute was part of the regular monthly meeting of Dana Point Harbor Advisory Board, a group of harbor business leaders who formed earlier this year to have an input in the harbor renovation.

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(File photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Dana Point Harbor revitalization a long time coming

Renderings of the proposed Dana Point Harbor Revitalization project provided by  R.D. Olson Development

Renderings of the proposed Dana Point Harbor Revitalization project provided by R.D. Olson Development

October 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm
As your Orange County supervisor, as well as a longtime resident and former mayor of Dana Point, I am pleased to announce the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization plan is finally underway.

(This article was originally posted in OC Register)

Twenty years in the making, the revitalization project will transform our beloved harbor into an extraordinary new crown jewel the entire county can enjoy and be proud of. The public-private partnership committed to this project represents the best of the county and our community, and the fact that all our hard work and determination is now paying off feels wonderful.

Built in 1968, Dana Point Harbor has been in need of infrastructure and facilities improvements for quite some time. Two decades ago, former Supervisor Tom Wilson created the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Task force, helping the county craft a comprehensive plan that looked to the future. He and his successor, former Supervisor Pat Bates, provided the leadership that led to the Board of Supervisors approving the revitalization plan in 2006, and successfully secured the entitlements for the commercial core that allowed work to begin.

Since I took office as your Fifth District supervisor, we have witnessed three important milestones:

• In 2016, the county approved the public-private partnership model, which allowed us to reach out to the private sector for expertise;

• In July that year, we broke ground on street improvements around the harbor; and

• Last week, with community and business support, we selected Dana Point Harbor Partners for the public-private partnership.

Dana Point Harbor Partners is comprised of three co-managing partners made up of Burnham Ward Properties (commercial core portions), Bellwether Financial Group (marina and dry stack storage) and R.D. Olson Development (hotel component).

Because the county does not have expertise in constructing and operating marinas, commercial cores or hotel development, the public-private partnership model will result in a higher-quality project in a more expeditious timeframe.

This is an important point because, prior to the approval of the public-private partnership, the county anticipated shouldering the full cost and responsibilities of the project. I look forward to working with our private-sector partners and expect this project will serve as an important model for the region.

The source of funding for the project is also significant, as the $20 million subsidy for Dana Point Harbor Partners comes from Tidelands Fund 108. These are dedicated funds earmarked exclusively for Dana Point Harbor, consisting of rents and leases of land (such as restaurants) on or adjacent to the state tidelands in Dana Point Harbor.

We all have an important role to play in the revitalization of our harbor and are firmly committed to seeing it through to fruition. Projects such as this are often called a “labor of love.” And it is certainly love — from our community, the county and the developers — that is turning this dream into a reality.

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett represents the Fifth District, which encompasses Dana Point Harbor.