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Marina or park?

October 23, 2005|By By Alicia Robinson

What residents voted on last November didn't guarantee a future park if they voted no. The measure merely asked whether to change the city's general plan to allow a resort.Other suggestions for park use:

* City parks, beaches and recreation commission: small boat launch ramp; green space, tot lot and swimming beach; one basketball and four tennis courts; two-story community center with space for Girl Scouts; some commercial/marina space

* Resident Craig Rager: most of plan resembles other park plans, with public green space and beach; adds temporary bleachers during Christmas boat parade; adds small marina for visiting boats

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* Balboa Peninsula Point Assn.: keeps grassy area, tot lot and swimming beach; keeps existing tennis courts and Girl Scout house

* Businessmen Mike Palitz and Darryl Griff: retains and refurbishes 35 mobile homes for overnight rental; keeps public beach and green space; adds a community swimming pool, four tennis courts, small number of boats slips

* Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce marine committee: ship yard; 46 boat slips; grassy strip, dog run, benches; launch area; 800-foot public dock; Girl Scout builg; marine retail, restaurant; tot lot; service dock with crane

Balboa Aquatic Park

Designed by Newport Beach harbor commission

* Adds a public pier, marina with long dock and about 50 large boat slips, a city service dock and boat hoist

* Includes aquatic center, small boat launch area and boat storage for public sailing programs

* Keeps swimming beach, tennis and basketball courts, and creates combination Girl Scout facility and community center

* Parking for 135 cars

* Estimated cost $12.9 million; projected annual revenue $1.5 million

Marinapark resort

Designed by Stephen Sutherland

[Note: the council is not currently considering Sutherland's proposal, which is the subject of a claim he filed against the city]

* Would add a 110-room resort composed of one- and two-story villas, a restaurant, bar, ballroom and spa

* Maintains public beach; rebuilds Girl Scout house, tennis courts, and tot lot and adds bay-front walkway for public use

* Estimates cost $35 million in private investment; projected annual revenue after several years of operation about $2.2 million

Window to the Bay plan Designed by Protect Our Parks

* Adds community center, bigger tot lot, lawn area with walking paths

* Replaces and upgrades Girl Scout house

* Keeps public beach and basketball courts

* Parking for 120 cars

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