Save the OC Sailing and Events Center
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The OC Sailing and Events Center is located in the west basin of Dana Point Harbor, next to Baby Beach. It is a community center that is home to various non-profit and low-profit organizations that provide recreational and educational opportunities to the community such as sailing and paddling instruction and low-cost watercraft rental. The Harbor's founding documents, along with the Local Coastal Program and Land Use Plan, all recognize that this area is to be preserved for such community purposes. The organizations that operate at this location include the Mariners Scouts, Saddleback College, Westwind Sailing, Serra Sailing, Dana Hills High School and Dana Outrigger Canoe Club. Each of these organizations serve their community by offering low-cost or no-cost recreational instruction in water sports, including sailing, stand-up paddling, kayaking and outrigger canoe paddling. The Orange County Dana Point Harbor Office (OCDPH) wants to privatize this location by bringing in a private company to take over management of this area. It is intent on issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking bids from these companies that specify how they would use the center and how they would make it profitable. Unfortunately, the OCDPH refuses to include protections within this request that would prevent the private company from driving out these community focused organizations through increased rates, or misguided management practices. The refusal to include these protections threatens the continued existence of these organizations and their ability to provide these educational and recreational opportunities. Please sign our petition and the tell the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the City of Dana Point and the California Coastal Commission that you want them to: 1) direct the Dana Point Harbor Office to withdraw its intention to seek proposals on privatizing the OC Sailing and Events Center; and 2) direct the Dana Point Harbor Office to work in harmony with these organizations in order that they may better serve our community.
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