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Revitalizing Dana Point Harbor: A Transformational Journey Unfolds

DANA POINT—The Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Project represents what the community hopes will be a transformative journey to reshape the coastal landscape and enhance the visitor experience.

On Feb. 7, invited guests were asked to join in the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Commercial Core Groundbreaking Ceremony, with keynote speakers, a groundbreaking presentation with commemorative shovels and hard hats and a reception with food and beverages.


Construction has commenced on the new 2,265-slip marina, with 772 slips already finished. Additional guest boat slips, not accounted for in the current tally, are also planned. Joe Ueberroth, from Bellwether Financial Group, is overseeing these renovation efforts.


Additionally, the facility will offer boater amenities such as restrooms, showers, changing rooms, e-charging stations, and dedicated parking. This will cater to individuals engaging in activities like sportfishing, whale watching, and those using the Catalina Express for transit. With a total of 984 parking stalls, including 98 designated for boaters, accessibility and convenience are prioritized.


The event marked a significant milestone for the Dana Point community.


A main goal of the project is to revitalize one of Southern California’s most cherished waterfront destinations, while also preserving its natural beauty and maritime heritage.


Nestled along the rugged coastline of Orange County, Dana Point Harbor has long captivated locals and tourists alike with its picturesque vistas and bustling marinas. However, aging infrastructure and outdated facilities have posed significant challenges in recent years, prompting calls for modernization.


Enter the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Project, a collaborative effort between Orange County and private developers to reimagine the iconic seaside destination.

With a vision grounded in sustainability, accessibility and community engagement, the project seeks to create a dynamic waterfront district that celebrates Dana Point’s rich maritime history while embracing the needs and aspirations of residents and visitors alike.

At the heart of the effort lies a comprehensive redevelopment plan encompassing the harbor’s land and water components. Key elements of the project include:

  • Renovation of marinas
  • Construction of new waterfront amenities, and
  • Enhancement of public spaces.

One of the project’s focal points is transforming the harbor’s commercial core into a waterfront village with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Designed to reflect the area’s nautical character and coastal charm, the village will serve as a hub of activity, offering residents and visitors a diverse array of dining, shopping and recreational experiences.


In addition to revamping the harbor’s commercial district, the project also includes significant improvements to its recreational facilities and public amenities. Plans call for the construction of new public docks, promenades and gathering spaces, as well as the enhancement of waterfront parks and green spaces to promote recreation and community engagement.


Central to the project’s ethos is a commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, represented by  the incorporation of green building practices and the preservation of sensitive habitats and marine ecosystems.

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  • Dean West

    This is an ideal time for Dana Point to revisit the idea of adding rack boat storage to the plan. Out of water storage is badly needed, brings tremendous economic activity to the area, provides for environmentally sound boat storage/cleaning/service, and eases strain on over-taxed marinas. With surrounding residential areas mostly at much higher elevations than the marina area is, constructing a dry rack facility is not the view obstruction that they often are in other areas.
    Adding capacity, especially in a such a high density structure, makes boating more affordable to a greater number of Californians.



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