At the June 6th City Council meeting, it was announced that a settlement had been reached between the City of Dana Point and the Headland’s Reserve LLC. Thankfully the City Council ended the seemingly endless and costly litigation.
In 2016, the City of Dana Point sued the Headlands Reserve LLC for reimbursement of legal costs the City had incurred regarding its California Coastal Commission litigation. The Headlands Reserve asserted that it had been overbilled and would not reimburse them. Both parties subsequently agreed to attempt to settle through mitigation.
The California Coastal Commission litigation began in 2010 when the City Council enacted a Nuisance Abatement Ordinance to install gates at several beach access walkways through the Headlands development. The Ordinance was based on a police report stating that there were nuisances occurring there and the potential for sex parties and drugs.
However, In September, 2015, a final ruling by Judge Randa Trapp of the Superior Court of the State of California, stated that the Ordinance was a pretense to avoid Coastal Commission regulations with no basis in fact being established.
Following is the entire ruling of the California Superior Court, an article on the Settlement Agreement was posted by the Dana Point Times and a full account of the City of Dana Point vs the California Coastal Commission.
SUPERIOR COURT DECISION
To view the full file Coastal Comm. v Dana Point, click here.
DANA POINT TIMES
City, Headlands Reserve Enter Settlement Agreement
June 7, 2017
By Kristina Pritchett
After months of litigation, the city of Dana Point and the Headlands Reserve, LLC have entered a settlement agreement.
The settlement dismisses all… [read more]