Dana Point and developer end dispute, community center benefits

June 16, 2017 by  

Sanford Edward, the Strand at Headlands developer, and the city of Dana Point have ended a year-long legal dispute and it was the local community and senior center that was the beneficiary to the tune of almost $450,000.

Recently Dana Point officials announced that Headlands Reserve LLC and the city had come to an agreement ending the legal dispute between the two. They had sued the company and Edward for breaking an agreement to reimburse Dana Point for expenses the city sustained while defending the Strand at Headlands. Edwards, claiming the city had for several years overbilled him, countersued.

The situation came about as a result of an ordinance passed by Dana Point officials that limited access to the beach through the Strand at Headlands property. However, the Surfrider Foundation and the California Coastal Commission took issue over restricting public access to the beach and sued the city. The city countersued.

The matter ended up in the San Diego County Superior Court, which found against the city. Any posters or brochures printed with the restricted hours will need to up dated to reflect the court’s ruling.

Edward’s suit against the city ended after both parties and a mediator met three times. It was agreed upon at the last meeting that Edward would give $248,200 to the community and senior center for capital improvements and the city will contribute $200,500 to the center. The improvements are scheduled for late summer 2018.