An article from San Diego about the Dana Point Headlands and Baby Beach
By Mick Pattinson
for San Diego County News
The Sierra Club gets all the glory. But if you want to meet the hardest of the hard core environmentalists, head down to what the maps say is Dana Point Harbor, but what the locals call “Baby Beach.”
That is where you will find the moms and dads on beach chairs chairs watching their youngsters frolic in the water — shallow and calm.
But not always clean. That is the way it used to be, anyway. Hell hath no fury like a parent who finds his children playing in dirty and dangerous water.
One of those dads was Sanford Edward, the owner and developer of The Strand at Headlands, a luxury real estate development adjacent to Baby Beach. Edward bought the property in 1998, hoping the water quality would improve by the time his first homebuyers moved in. Several years later, the water quality was better, kind of anyway. Maybe good enough for Mr. Edward the business man. But not Sanford, the dad.
“We knew when we started we could use the development to improve the quality of life in Dana Point,” Edward said. “So now instead of just one way of getting to Strand Beach, we have four. It has never been more well used. Ditto for our trail system and nature center. Great additions. But the thing we are most proud of is water quality, and how we helped improve it.”
There was a lot to improve: Several different public and private agencies issue report cards for water quality at beaches throughout the region. For Baby Beach, let’s just say this: There were way too many F’s and not enough A’s.
Finish reading here: Dana Point Headlands and Baby Beach from the San Diego County News: Baby Beach In Dana Point: A Clean Water Story