Petition Closed

Access for All or Access for a Few?  Our community needs to keep Dana Point Harbor's Baby Beach and the Educational Facilities free of any development, prevent conversion of public docks into Fee-based Private-Use that are used for high-school and college sailing and boating education purposes including the Sea Scouts. Also, stop any development of new docks that blocks public access, impacts the environment and restricts the recreational uses of the basin.

Letter to
OC Dana Point Harbor Brad Gross, Director
Supervisor, 5th District County of Orange Pat Bates
Save Baby Beach
Brad Gross, Director
OC Dana Point Harbor
24650 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Dear Mr. Gross,

I have signed this petition to express my opposition to the Harbor’s proposed development in front-of and adjacent to Baby Beach as shown in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) provided for public comment. I understand and support the revitalization of the harbor, but not at the expense of one of the only safe, family-friendly recreation spots in the county.

OC Dana Point Harbor’s proposed expansion will negatively impact the safe environment within the Educational Basin by severely limiting access to human-powered crafts that have launched from the Baby Beach for decades and forcing them to compete for space with the children’s swimming area. The plan also will bring powerboats even closer to the only designated area for bathers and other recreational activities. Moreover, the potential risks of placing of a waste pump-out station yards from a children’s play area. All of these will impact public access, the fragile biodiversity of the basin, and the recreational nature of area.

As part of the local community and visitors from far and wide that see the benefit of keeping Baby Beach and the Educational Facilities free of any development that blocks public access, I encourage you to do the right thing: reverse your decision to privatize the docks used by the community for education, maintain a safer distance of the pump-out stations from bathers, and eliminate the plans to expand docks in and around Baby Beach. The claims in the EIR concerning this development appear to be inconsistent and inadequate as written given the impact this development clearly would have to the public and environment.