Below are three items of interest to boaters...
New Dana Point Harbor Operations Manager Appointed
Scott Fegley, formerly Supervising Park Ranger, was promoted to a new position, Harbor Operations Manager effective March 3rd. Scott will be reporting to the Dana Point Harbor Manager as soon as that position has been filled. We've been advised that an interviewing panel has been screening the 18 finalists for the position over the past weeks. In the interim, Scott will report to Parks Division Manager Bill Reiter. Note that Scott's old position will be back-filled so this is a permanent full time headcount increase in OC Parks' commitment to staffing in the harbor.
New Buoys Outside The Harbor
Dana Point boaters have no doubt noticed that the channel marker buoys immediately outside the harbor were swept away during the various storms this winter. Good news! Scott Fegley advised recently during a DPHA meeting that these buoys are in process of being replaced. The County issued a RFP to purchase 8 fiberglass buoys that should hold up much better than the previous ones.
The new buoys will be installed as soon they are returned from New Port Beach where they are being painted.
Our Dana Point Boaters Association Recommendation for P3 Owners' Representative
One of the features of the arrangement in pursuit of a Private-Public-Partnership (P3) by The County of Orange is the provision for hiring an owners' agent to represent their interests (as well as the citizens of the State of California) full time during the engagement of the P3 master leaseholder and developer, from planning and contract negotiations forward.
The County has published a separate RFP and about a dozen firms have responded.
Click to see the RFP
. Your DPBA has sent a letter to appropriate County officers recommending Project Dimensions, Inc. be retained to provide these.
See attached letter
We felt this recommendation was an important action to take on behalf of Dana Point recreational boaters, simply because there is no other party with the depth of understanding, knowledge and hands-on experience that PDI possesses regarding the already approved Dana Point Harbor and the Local Coastal Program (LCP) under which our harbor is currently expected to be redeveloped. (We should add that we think your DPBA is likely second or third on a very short list.) Granted, at various times there have been questions posed to Harbor management as well as Santa Ana regarding the terms and conditions The County has enforced when PDI services have been engaged over the past 15+ years. However there has never been even the slightest question regarding the quality of PDI's work or the professionalism demonstrated by their staff.
For the Board of Directors,
Rodger Beard, President
Dana Point Boaters Association