DANA POINT Shannon Levin, Newport’s harbor supervisor, will be Dana Point Harbor’s new manager, county officials announced Friday.
Levin, who starts July 9, will be responsible for the harbor’s multiple operating agreements, including retail, hotel, and marina facilities, said Marisa O’Neil, spokeswoman for OC Parks, the county department that has been managing the harbor since the departure of Brad Gross a year ago.
Gross, who had managed Dana Point Harbor since 2007 and oversaw a yearslong project to revitalize the harbor, resigned a day after a county audit criticized his department for allowing county employees to get discounts at harbor properties.
The county has sought developers for the $200 million renovation project meant to breathe life into the aging 44-year-old harbor. Recently, two development teams submitted formal proposals to the county, and a final contract with one of the teams for the public/private partnership, including a 50-year lease, should be finalized in early 2018, officials said Thursday.
Levin, selected from among 70 applicants in a nationwide search, will serve as the point of contact between harbor interests and county agencies, including OC Parks, CEO Real Estate, OC Public Works and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol, O’Neil said.
Levin could not be reached for comment Friday.
She will also work with other local government and regulatory agencies involved with the harbor, such as the city of Dana Point, California Department of Boating and Waterways, California Coastal Commission and the Water Quality Board, O’Neil said.
“Dana Point Harbor is a beautiful place that is a popular destination for residents and visitors alike,” said 5th District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. “It takes a talented individual to keep it running smoothly and I’m confident Shannon’s education and years of harbor experience will make her an asset to the County and to Dana Point Harbor.”
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