After a string of unsuccessful court battles aimed at reclaiming Monarch Beach, Laguna Niguel officials say they are resigned to being "landlocked" and will give up the fight.
The city has struggled for four years to regain the 1 1/2-mile ocean strip, which was detached from the Laguna Niguel community after Monarch Beach residents voted to incorporate with Dana Point.
The battle for the tax-rich parcel, which includes the posh Ritz-Carlton resort, has been bitter, at times straining the relationship between Laguna Niguel and Dana Point. Residents in Laguna Niguel, which had once been pitched as "Sea Country" by realtors, were particularly stung by losing the city's only link to the ocean.
However, with community support for the legal battle on the wane, Councilman Paul M. Christiansen said this week that city leaders have decided "with deepest regrets" to drop the matter.