Team A - Team A has agreed to fully commit to the project within 120 days of commencement of contract negotiations.
Team B - Team B has proposed a term of up to four years to commit to the project, with an option for any individual partner to "walk away" at any time within those four years. Should this occur, the County "would be compelled to restart the revitalization process in whole or in part".
Team A - Team A is forecasting lease payments to Dana Point Harbor in the amount of $47,130,352 over the initial 10 years, and $117,190,251 over the first 20 years of the contract.
Team B - Team B is estimating lease payments to DPH of $70,574,294 over the first 10 years and $175,629,386 over 20 years.
The County points out in their analysis that neither estimate takes into account the requested financial subsidies or the proposed lease structures. Also, Team B's forecast is predicated on all three partners delivering separately.
Based on these key differentiators, "
the evaluation committee concluded that both teams are highly qualified and experienced, but found [Team A] would be more likely to ensure timely commencement and completion of the project's development and generate consistent revenue to the County and to provide funds for both ongoing County operations within DPH and growth of reserve funds for future capital renovation and improvement."
But You Want to See What It's All Going to Look Like, Right?
We understand that the preceding data about finances and leases and so on are not the sexy details so many of us are anxious to see. We want to see what our new harbor will look like. What our marinas will look like. We want to know about the docks and restrooms and other boater facilities. We get that. And it's all coming. We promise... as soon as the County authorizes release of this information. But we wanted to provide this quick overview of the report released by the County yesterday, which focuses almost entirely on what we covered above. In the coming days we hope to be providing additional details about the two teams and their plans, including the sexy stuff. Please stay tuned.
More on the Two Teams
Here are some additional details about the two teams. Click the links to explore more about the teams and their portfolios.
Interestingly, Pacific Marina Development (Team B) proposes using Bellingham Marine as their marina development subcontractor. So, the same marina developer will rebuild our docks with both teams. However, Bellingham is a full partner in Team A and a subcontractor in Team B.
Please understand that this overview is a summary of the County's analysis of the two teams and their plans. This does not constitute our DPBA position on the matter. In the coming days we will continue to review and digest the County's analysis, plus continue to work with the two teams to better understand their proposals, and we will continue to provide you with the information you want and need.
Thanks for sticking with us!