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May 29 DPHAB Meeting Brief

At our May 29 meeting, the DPHAB board addressed several important issues. You can view the full meeting agenda here; detailed minutes will be posted shortly after they are approved at the June DPHAB meeting. In the meantime, here are a few highlights:

1. Scott Mayer, County of Orange Chief Real Estate Officer and lead negotiator for the Harbor Revitalization public-private partnership contract, provided an update on the status of negotiations with Dana Point Harbor Partners. Most importantly, Mr. Mayer predicted that a proposed agreement would be ready for Board of Supervisors consideration at their June 26 meeting. Mr. Mayer also assured the board that the County recognized Dana Point Harbor as a public amenity, and continued public access and affordability have been central factors in the contract negotiations. Read a newsletter on this matter by DPHAB chair James Lenthall at the Dana Point Boaters Association website here.

2. Sergeant Larry Packard of Dana Point Harbor Patrol attended to answer questions and provide clarity on law enforcement activities in our harbor. Much of the discussion focused on permitted activities at the west basin sand bar, which has been the subject of strict enforcement in recent months. This area of the harbor is considered a navigable waterway and most other recreational activities are prohibited at the sand bar. However, many harbor users over the years have enjoyed "playing" at the sand bar. Further discussions on this topic are planned.

3. At the request of various legal boat charter operators, the DPHAB board reviewed the current regulations around boat charters in Dana Point Harbor and considered ways to improve compliance, specifically to eliminate illegal charter operations. Dana Point Harbor management will explore strategies to improve awareness and return to the June meeting with recommendations.

Additional topics will be summarized in the upcoming May 29 meeting minutes. The public is invited and welcome to all monthly DPHAB meeting. You can find the 2018 meeting schedule here.