On Aug. 18, Burnham Ward Properties, a member of the Dana Point Harbor Partners, released a press release announcing that the lantern lighting event that took place in the Dana Point Harbor to unveil 42 new docks and their names, each correlating with their lantern colors. The streetlights of the Lantern District in Dana Point were named after maritime signal lanterns. Therefore, early Dana Point streets were given such lantern names as "Street of the Blue Lantern" and "Street of the Golden Lantern." Development stopped with the 1929 stock market crash and subsequent Great Depression.
DANA POINT— On the evening of Aug. 16, The Marina at Dana Point celebrated the completion and 100 percent occupancy of Phase 1 and 2 of the marina revitalization. It is a significant step in the $475 million harbor revitalization project by the Dana Point Harbor Partners. Renewal of the 52-year-old marina at Dana Point will ultimately replace all the in-water infrastructure in the harbor. Bellingham Marine’s state-of-the-art technology incorporated in all aspects of the marina will advance Dana Point to one of the best-designed marinas in the world.
“Both new phases are 100 percent occupied, and tenants have been enjoying the new docks during this first summer boating season,” said Kelly Rinderknecht, General Manager at The Marina at Dana Point, in the press release. “The positive feedback from our tenants in these new, completed phases has been overwhelming, and my team is really excited to share the “lantern” technology that is embedded in the new dock system. We are also pleased to have in attendance in our celebration and unveiling Supervisor Katrina Foley, Dana Point Mayor Mike Frost, the Bellingham Marine team, local dignitaries, and other supporters of our harbor revitalization project.”
“At the event tonight, we thought it was an opportune time to unveil that we have incorporated a lantern theme into the marina, bringing a unique, signature lighting experience to the harbor while paying homage to the rich and vibrant history of Dana Point and its famed lanterns,” said Joe Ueberroth, the Founder of Bellwether Financial Group, owner of Bellingham Marine, and a partner in Dana Point Harbor Partners. “When the Marina is completed, it is our intent at sunset to light for a short period of time all 42 docks to the color of their lantern name, which will provide a light show to the visitors of the restaurants in the commercial core, guests in the hotels, and all other visitors, boaters, and residents that enjoy the harbor. The lantern names in the first two phases are the Dock of the Ruby, Copper, Amber, Jade, and Navy.”
“I am thrilled to be a part of this celebration and to see the progress being made on the revitalization project,” said Supervisor Katrina Foley. “When completed, the entire community, and tourists, will benefit from modernized retail and hospitality spaces as well as increased water access for boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding.”
Dana Point Harbor Partners are developing a master plan connecting the harbor’s landside and waterside to become a cohesive waterfront experience. United by a love of the water and dedicated to preserving Dana Point Harbor’s historical significance, the partnership is applying all areas of respective expertise to ensure every element of the harbor will be thoughtfully designed, redeveloped, and managed to be reimagined into a world-class destination with historic roots and local charm.
Dana Point Harbor Partners, LLC is a ternary created to operate and redevelop Dana Point Harbor in a P-3 partnership with the County of Orange. DPHP is a group of real estate development firms specializing in a unique product type. Burnham Ward Properties is responsible for stewarding the harbor’s Commercial Core activities, featuring the retail, restaurants, offices, other landside buildings, and all parkscape areas. Bellwether Financial Group guides the marina operations, including the boat slips, boater facilities, dry boat storage, day-boat parking, and launch ramp areas. R.D. Olson Development leads the hotel redevelopment and hospitality components of the harbor.