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Dana Point Boaters Association eNewsletter

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Updates on Parking, Dinghy Storage, Boat Parade,
New DPBA Directors

Greetings. We hope this newsletter finds you and your family safe and healthy and finding ways to enjoy these fantastic fall days in our harbor. We have a lot to cover in this newsletter, so let’s get right at it…

In this Newsletter

We have the latest news on several topics for you today: As you surely all know by now, the new boater parking control gates will be lowered on November 2 (next Monday!). Boat slip tenants will require the new parking tags in order to access our boater parking lots. The latest details and updates on the parking management plan below.

Next, in a recent newsletter, marina management announced that all dinghies and other personal watercraft must be removed from the water in and around our slips by October 31. No exceptions. What we’ve learned and our thoughts on this follow.

The holiday boat parade is on! A few details below.

Finally, we are excited to introduce you to two new directors elected to our DPBA board.

Parking Management Plan Update

This coming Monday morning the gates to our boater parks lots will be lowered. We have covered this topic extensively in previous newsletters and will focus today on the parking app and issuing guest passes. (If you haven’t read our previous newsletters, you can find them here, here, and here.)

According to the plan as it’s been published and previously communicated to us, only tenant vehicles with affixed transponder tags, tenant guests with passes, and limited paid shared users (mostly authorized vendors and employees and guests of building tenants that reside within the parking lots – brokers, yacht clubs, etc.) will be permitted entry. Marina management promises us that they remain committed to never charging boater tenants to park. We are also assured that non-boater paid shared use would be closely monitored and controlled to ensure available boater parking. If you are a marina slip tenant and haven’t received your transponder tag, do it right away by visiting the marina office.

In other news, in their October 14 newsletter, The Marina at Dana Point announced the implementation of their new tenant parking app and instructions for issuing passes to our guests. And by the way, they are not the same thing. We’ve spent some time playing with this new process and offer our initial feedback here.

The FlashParking app can be downloaded for Android and iPhone. This app allows authorized slip tenants to display a barcode to enter the parking gates if they happen to be driving a vehicle other than those registered with the marina office. The app is super easy to use; after downloading the app and entering your credentials the first time, you simply open the app and click “Enter Garage” to display a barcode to open the gate. And that’s all it does. The FlashParking app is NOT used to issue passes to our guests. That’s a separate system…

To issue our guests a pass, marina management has provided a link to the ParkMobile website. On your first visit you will enter your marina credentials and set up your account. Once you have an account, you will be guided through a process to select the entry and exit dates/times for your guest, up to 72 hours per pass. Then, after entering your marina account number (more on that in a moment), you order the pass by adding it to your cart, much like making a purchase from Amazon. You will then continue to checkout, validate the pass information, and enter your billing information to complete the order, which requires a 50-cent transaction fee but no other cost. Once your purchase is confirmed, you will be provided with a link to a PDF file of the parking pass. You can either forward this link to your guest, or download the PDF file, attach it to a text or email, and send it to your guest. Your guest will then either print the pass or display it on their phones to enter the gate.

The guest pass is issued in the name of the slip tenant; the system does not collect guest data or issue the pass directly to your guest. You will send it to them yourself. Also, the guest pass says “Access Code Required” on it. We are assured by marina management that no access code is needed by the guest to enter the gate; they simply need to display the pass at the parking gate.

When ordering a guest pass, you are required to enter your marina account number as it is displayed on your monthly invoice. If your account number starts with a ‘0’, such as 01234, do not enter the ‘0’. It won’t accept it. Simply enter 1234. However, if your account number starts with two or more ‘0s’, then enter the last four digits of your account number; for example, 00012 would be 0012. We recommend getting a head start on issuing your first guest pass to practice.

As the gates remain up as we prepare this newsletter, we could not carry this process through to actually opening the gates. We plan to test the system on Monday and will share any additional helpful observations.

We are keenly interested in our boaters’ observations and experience with the new parking management system, including the FlashParking and ParkMobile apps. Please email us your feedback HERE .

All Dinghies Must Be Removed from the Water by October 31

In their October 20 newsletter, The Marina at Dana Point announced that all dinghies and other personal watercraft must be removed from the water in and around our boat slips by this Saturday, October 31. No exceptions.

DPBA supports enforcing rules that prevent dinghies from obstructing the fairways or impeding adjacent vessels from maneuvering in and out of their slips. However, we believe that dinghies that are tucked safely within the leased slip space (plus the 10% overhang allowance) should continue to be allowed. In our observation, there are many dinghies tied to the sterns of vessels in our harbor that cannot be hauled onto their boats or otherwise conveniently stowed. Fully enforcing this rule will require these dinghies to be removed from the harbor.

To be honest, our slip license agreements have never allowed storage of dinghies behind our boats. However, except when a dinghy presents a hazard to navigation, this rule has never been enforced and keeping dinghies safely behind our boats has always been at least implicitly allowed in our harbor. Many of our boaters have purchased their dinghies based on this understanding, or have selected their slip sizes in order to safely accommodate their dinghies. The Marina at Dana Point has the discretion to amend the SLA or selectively enforce the rules in order to make this accommodation, and DPBA has urged them to do so. At the time of this newsletter’s publication they have not yet flexed on this matter.

Cruising the harbor in our dinghies on a warm afternoon and visiting our friends is one of the joys embedded in the culture of Dana Point Harbor. We fear this new enforcement will take this pleasure away from many of our boaters. We remain hopeful for a compromise from marina management. If this issue affects you, please share your thoughts with us HERE.

Holiday Boat Parade

After such a surreal and challenging 2020, we are thrilled to conclude it with the joys of the annual holiday boat parade. We are grateful that marina management has agreed to carry on despite the added challenges of the Covid era. The theme for this year’s parade is Fiesta Holiday. The dates are Friday and Saturday nights, December 4 & 5, 11 & 12.

In addition to the awards offered by the parade organizers, DPBA will be awarding our annual Most Spirit award to the crew best exhibiting the fun of being a Dana Point boater. This award is not about your decorations – it’s about how much fun your crew is having.

We urge all Dana Point boaters who are able to do so to participate. Registration is now open HERE.

Introducing Our New DPBA Directors

At our October 20 DPBA board meeting, two new directors were elected to our team: Victoria Winters and Jeff Brown. Both previously served as advisors and proved their value in representing and advocating for our Dana Point boating community. With Victoria and Jeff on our team, we continue to expand our outreach to our boaters and representation of their interests in matters affecting our community. Please join us in welcoming Victoria and Jeff to our team. Their bios follow:
Victoria Winters
Victoria is a California native who enjoys sailing, exploring different activities and living a joyful life. For her, Dana Point Harbor and the coastal community at large is the place most dear to her heart. Living in southern California is something she appreciates and believes it is her duty to add value to the inhabitants of the area simply because everyone deserves a helping hand. As a writer and entrepreneur in the personal development industry, Victoria willing gives some of her time and attention to the service of sharing her wisdom, joy and sincere efforts for the good of all people.
Jeff Brown
Captain Jeff Brown is a U.S. Coast Guard-Licensed Captain, avid sailor and owner of Dana Point Charters. When Jeff and his wife Jackie bought their first sailboat, they made Dana Point Harbor their home port and have been in the harbor for nearly 11 years. When he’s not enjoying a leisurely trip around the harbor or taking guests out for a spectacular sunset cruise, you can find him participating in one of the many sailing races up and down the coast of Southern California. His boat “Out of the Blue” is a competitive racing boat to say the least — Captain Jeff and his crew have many wins under their belts. When Captain Jeff is not on the water sailing, he spends time with his family in San Clemente, where he lives with his wife and two boys, who are also avid ocean lovers.
Your Support

And finally, this: Your Dana Point Boaters Association is managed by a team of volunteers who are enduring the same crisis as the rest of you, tending to our families, our day jobs, and the anxiety of wondering what’s next. We ask for almost nothing beyond your patience, understanding, and occasionally a little financial support to keep this organization afloat. We even offer some home-grown merchandise to make donating a little easier. Every little bit counts towards protecting and advancing recreational boating in Dana Point Harbor.

Thank you for your support.
And finally this... Your DPBA leadership team is committed to protecting and advancing the interests of our Dana Point boating community. We are your voice on all matters affecting our harbor. But we only succeed with your support. Your attention, input and moral support most of all. But also financial support. It takes very little to fund what we do, but it's not free. Every dollar counts. If you can spare $10, $25, $50 or $100 to the cause, it goes a long way to keeping us on track, please click here to donate! Thank you.
From: James Lenthall, President | (949) 485-5656 | Email Us! | DPBA Website