July 12, 2006
The story "Feeling the Squeeze" (July 9) quotes various yacht brokers and harbor designers and developers cheerleading for supersized boats costing millions of dollars, all of which eliminate marina space and boat slips for smaller, lower-cost ocean recreation craft for the general public. All of these cheerleaders profit from the conversion of public marinas to luxury playgrounds. The story borders on outrageous with the quote by San Francisco harbor developer Brad Gross criticizing the California Coastal Commission for seeking to preserve smaller boat slips and accommodations (calling it unjustified "social engineering")
June 20, 1991
The developer of the Playa Vista project has purchased four pieces of property at a key intersection in Playa del Rey so that the intersection can be expanded to accommodate the traffic generated by the vast proposed city-within-a-city. Maguire Thomas Partners paid $2.8 million for slightly less than an acre of land at the corner of Culver Boulevard and Vista del Mar. The triangular site includes a restaurant, a small office building and a former gas station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1995 |
A group of residents and boat owners recently filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission and Los Angeles County challenging a controversial plan to redevelop the marina. The Friends of Marina del Rey, a local citizens group, charges in the suit that the plan violates eight ordinances of the 1976 California Coastal Act, which requires that coastal development provide and protect public access. The alleged violations in the plan include excessive private use of the marina instead of public recreational use and inadequate safeguards against traffic congestion caused by the development.
March 16, 1986
Supervisor Deane Dana's comments on Marina del Rey cityhood (Times, Feb. 13) are replete with misstatements. They should be highly suspect, since his campaign funds have been fatly fueled with contributions from the marina lessees who own apartment buildings, store buildings and boat slips--and rent the land. When he says that public funds built the marina, he conveniently forgets the role the Army Corps of Engineers played in dredging the various marina channels, with no cost to the county.
December 30, 1990
Preparation of an environmental impact report on the multibillion-dollar Playa Vista project is running behind schedule, and the draft document will not be available for public review until spring at the earliest. Playa Vista senior partner Nelson C. Rising said consultants are working on the report, which will identify the consequences of building the proposed city-within-a-city between Marina del Rey and the Westchester Bluffs.
April 18, 1985
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley has approved an agreement calling for California Coast Development Group Inc. to build a 240-room hotel at the new Cabrillo Marina. Under the agreement, which must still be approved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Los Angeles-based firm will be given a year to complete plans for a $25-million, Spanish-style hotel geared to business travelers and cruise ship passengers.