New docks and piles should start to appear in Dana Point Harbor’s West Basin later this year.
And, when they do, it will signal the start of the first phase of a long-awaited $330 million renovation project of the harbor.
“Now we actually have a permit and it gives certainty to the project,” Joe Ueberroth, founder and president of Bellwether Financial Group, a Newport Beach-based marina developer, said about the project recently receiving a key final approval from the California Coastal Commission.
“I made a commitment to move the project,” Ueberroth said. “This is a commitment made and a commitment kept.”
A new marina plan for the Dana Point Harbor renovation has been approved by the Coastal Commission. (File photo by Paul Bersebach, OC Register/SCNG)
Sea lions congregate on a buoy near Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. (File photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Houses line the cliffs surrounding Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point, CA, on Friday, January 22, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
A pod of dolphins, including a baby, cruised around the Dana Point Harbor on Friday, Jan 15, 2020, an unusual sight to the delight of boaters, paddleboarders and others enjoying the harbor. (Photo courtesy of Rich German)
Donna Kalez, co-president of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching in Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point on Thursday, September 10, 2020 is happy that after 20 years of waiting the California Coastal Commission gave Dana Point Harbor Partners the go-ahead to develop the harbor. The state approval means that docks will be redone amid other amenities. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Beach goers relax on the sandbar next to the jetty in Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point on Saturday, July 11, 2020, as temperatures reach near 100 degrees inland, but much cooler temperatures prevailed with an ocean breeze in Dana Point. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Jim Miller is the owner Coffee Importer in Dana Point Harbor. It has been an institution in the harbor for 40 years. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)
AquaFest on Saturday in Dana Point Harbor will celebrate National Safe Boating Week with free classes, sail rides and more. (Courtesy of Westwind Sailing)
To secure the commission’s permit Bellweather agreed to creating an environmental justice program to expose underserved youth from inland communities to water activities, a plan for protecting the harbor sea lions while the project is underway and a plan for enhancing water quality in the harbor.
With the Coastal Commission OK for construction of the new marina, Ueberroth will next submit permit drawings to the county and then pull permits to begin work.
The new marina is expected to cost around $100 million and, so far, the projected costs are on course, Ueberroth said.
Bellwether and two other development groups working as Dana Point…