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By Eric Heinz
The Surfing Heritage and Culture Center (SHACC), located in San Clemente, is looking for a permanent location and representatives have been speaking with Dana Point officials to consider relocating there, according to documents from the Oct. 18 Dana Point City Council meeting.
The discussion was focused on awarding a contract to Griffin Structures to conduct a “preliminary needs assessment” to seek a feasible location for the center in Dana Point.
According to the documents, the city explored this possibility in 2009 at Sea Terrace Park, but the plans were halted due to resident opposition.
Dana Point City Manager Doug Chotkevys said it’s going to be difficult to find space for the center within the city’s 6.2 square miles.
The Dana Point City Council approved the contract for the study. Dick Metz, one of the founders of SHACC, said it’s no disrespect to San Clemente, but the current location of the center and museum, at 110 Calle Iglesia in a business park, doesn’t lend itself to high foot traffic. Metz said he tried to get it into the Miramar Theater, but that never came to fruition. He said Dana Point is not the only city to which they’ve explored relocating. We will follow this story as it develops.