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February 2021  
50th Anniversary of The Festival of Whales

Join us for the 50th anniversary of Dana Point Festival of Whales, March 6 and 7, 2021.

The Festival will proceed as a hybrid mix of in-person and virtual events.  Whether COVID-19 restrictions persist or ease, the whales don’t mind and will, as always, grace our coast with their awe-inspiring presence during their annual migration. 

Whale watching excursions have been, and are expected to continue, operating out of Dana Point with COVID-19 protocols in place to provide viewing in a safe and socially-distanced manner. Other Festival events will be tailored to adhere to health restrictions. Don’t miss the City’s Under the Sea Trolley with Wally the Whale on March 6th making stops at different locations in Dana Point Harbor to hand out sea life themed crafts for children.

We look forward to having you join us for our golden anniversary!

Also in case you missed it Dana Point has been designated the first Whale Heritage Site in North America by the United Kingdom-based World Cetacean Alliance. See the article in the Dana Point Times by clicking the button below. 

Festival of Whales Website
Read the Dana Point Times article on Whale Heritage
The new Spring City of Dana Point Lookout Community News & Recreation Guide is available digitally online. This issue features upcoming community events, recreation classes and feature articles.  Online registration for the Spring classes began Monday, February 22nd at 7:30 a.m.  For more information contact the City of Dana Point Recreation Division at or view the guide by clicking the button below.
Lookout Magazine

The City of Dana Point recognized Pepi's Sports Bar and Grill as the Business of the Quarter. Pepi's Sports Bar and Grill, located at 34235 Doheny Park Road, has graciously provided meals to hospital staff working in the COVID care units through the Hugs for Heroes Program. Thank you Pepi for your dedicated service to the Dana Point community!

Read more about Hugs for Heros
Short Term Rentals 
Did you miss the meeting earlier this week on Short Term Rentals? More than 80 participants joined the Planning Commission to discuss Short Term Rentals regulations in Dana Point. This meeting, available for viewing on the city's YouTube channel, is part of an ongoing discussion to develop appropriate regulations for a Short Term Rental (STR) Pilot Program that works in the best interest of both residents and visitors. The goal of the Pilot Program is to establish regulations that maintain the character of Dana Point neighborhoods by discouraging absentee corporate STR ownership, protecting against nuisances, and balancing the rights and responsibilities of all residents and homeowners.

To be added to the email list to receive information, email Information on upcoming meetings will be posted on all City social media platforms and on the City's STR website link below. 
More Info on Short Term Rentals

In a collaborative effort, nonprofits Age Well Senior Services and Meals on Wheels Orange County are pleased to announce Senior Cuisine Delivered as part of their comprehensive Covid-19 response for older adults in Orange County. The Senior Cuisine Delivered program is designed to provide fresh restaurant-quality meals at an affordable price, delivered safely to doors of participating seniors.  Interested individuals can learn about Senior Cuisine Delivered and order meals through the organizations websites:

Age Well
Meals on Wheels
Homeless Update
Police Services, the Public Works Department and the City Manager’s office are coordinating on a daily basis to improve the situation of homeless individuals and families living in our community. In January 2021 there were 54 interactions with homeless individuals on the streets of Dana Point.  These interactions included collaborations with Public Works, Orange County Outreach and Engagement, Law Enforcement, non-profit service providers and others. 2 individuals were permanently housed during this time period. The City’s outreach worker can be reached by calling (949) 385-1692.  For more metrics on homelessness in Dana Point, please click below.
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33282 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 248-3500

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