Surfing Heritage Foundation Possibly Moving

As reported by Nathan Wright for the San Clemente Times.

THE LATEST: The Surfing Heritage Foundation’s bid to build a cultural center on city-owned parkland in Dana Point was met with a mix of disappointment in the proposed location and enthusiasm for the project overall at a Town Hall meeting at the Dana Point Community Center on October 15. More than half of the 50 in attendance identified themselves as Niguel Shores residents, the community adjacent to the proposed museum location at Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road in Sea Terrace Park.

Numerous residents told Thirtieth Street Architects Inc. architect James Wilson and the Surfing Heritage’s executive director Tom Pezman that the building would be out of place while another said it would destroy the look of the corner of PCH and Niguel Road. “You’re making local opponents who would have otherwise been supporters,” said one resident.

Plans for the museum include a 29,500- to 33,300-square-foot structure with a 400-seat theater, a community room, display areas and underground parking. San Clemente’s Surfing Heritage Foundation owns the world’s largest surfboard collection and is a world-renowned archivist of surfing history and culture. It also hosts many events, including movie nights in the summer.
Pezman told the audience that, if approved, it might take a decade to raise the millions of dollars needed to build the center, but was confident the Foundation could
do so.

WHAT’S NEXT: Dana Point Economic Development Department manager Christy Teague was on-hand to record opinions and said the information would be given to the Dana Point City Council. The council will consider entering a joint-use agreement with the Foundation at a future meeting.

In addition, if the Surfing Heritage were to move, it would keep its Rancho San Clemente Business Park location for storage, to house staff and build exhibits.

FIND OUT MORE: www.surfingheritage.com

For the full article head to The San Clemente Times.

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