What Happened: The recently created Dana Point Harbor Advisory Board is officially open for business, as a selection committee filled the board’s nine community seats with local stakeholders representing a variety of interests.
The nine appointed members will represent water slip tenants (boater Greg McDowell and Dana Point Boaters Association President James Lenthall), dry boat storage/trailer boater/personal watercraft users (boater and paddleboard user William Kindel), restaurateurs (Coffee Importers President Jim Miller), landside merchants (White Pelican owner Diana Poulos), waterside merchants (Dana Wharf Sportfishing Managing Partner Donna Kalez), clubs and social organizations (Dana Outrigger Canoe Club President John Yamasaki), education and community service organizations (Ocean Institute CEO/President Daniel Pingaro) and the community at large (Robert Hartung).
Two members were selected as ex-officio members to represent the city of Dana Point and county of Orange: Dana Point City Manager Mark Denny and O.C. Parks Director Stacy Blackwood.
The selection committee was made up of seven members: Denny, Lenthall, Victor Cao of Sup. Lisa Bartlett’s office, Brio Restaurant owner Enzo Scognamiglio, Harbor Grill owner Keegan Hicks and two other Dana Point Boaters Association members (Rodger Beard and Jim Miller).
What’s On Tap: The board’s members are expected to finalize several organizational details, such as adopting bylaws, selecting officers and establishing a meeting schedule. Board meetings will be open to the public.