March 18, 2000


I drove to the site of the Newport Dunes Resort and saw the balloons that

outlined the building of the postponed new hotel ("Debate over Dunes

height growing," March 4). I think the proposed structure will fit nicely

on the site and blend well with the neighboring property, without unduly

obstructing anyone's views.

This project is good for the entire community of Newport Beach. It


provides needed accommodations, additional revenue to the city and added

beauty to the Back Bay lagoon. This has all been done in a way that

appears to be considerate to its neighbors and within the traffic limits

that are already approved for the site.

The city and all the residents will benefit from this hotel. It is time

to approve the new plan and quit spending everyone's -- in particular,

the city's -- time and money on the approval of this hotel.


Newport Beach

For months I have heard about the Dunes project and, after seeing the

balloons on East Coast Highway this weekend, I am not sure what all the

fuss is about. It does not appear the new building will block any views,

at least as far as I could tell.

Yes, the new hotel will be big, but not as big as what was originally

proposed. For this we can thank the concerned residents and nearby

homeowners for helping to have the project scaled down more than 25% from

what was originally proposed for the site.

But, while I believe the activists have done an excellent job, I also

believe it would be a huge loss to the city not to have this project go

forward. Newport Beach and all of us residents will benefit from it.

Let's move on with the Dunes expansion in a responsible way that won't

further divide this wonderful city.


Newport Beach

I have been a resident of Newport Beach for almost 30 years. I am a

mechanical engineer, consultant and have been associated with the Evans

Hotel group for many years, first working on the upgrades at the

Catamaran hotel in Pacific Beach, San Diego.

Also our firm, Toft Wolff Farrow Inc., was involved with the design of

the recreational vehicle park, also owned by the Evans Hotel Group.

We have found that the Evans family has always developed and built a

"first-class" project, as seen by their successful projects: the RV park,

Catamaran hotel and the Bahia Corinthian, also in San Diego, on West

Mission Boulevard.

As you know, the company's recently submitted revised plan has scaled

back the size of both the hotel and the time shares.

Most important, has been the reduction of the project's expected traffic

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