A rally to “Save the Marina” will be held at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, in front of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration building at 500 W. Temple St. downtown Los Angeles, prior to the county Board of Supervisors’ vote on a major amendment to the Marina del Rey Local Coastal Program (LCP).

Critics of the amendment contend it gives away key parcels of public recreational land to developers for a small return to Los Angeles County taxpayers and residents.

Nancy Marino, co-director of the Marina watchdog group We ARE Marina del Rey, said, “The mandate for the Marina was to bring revenues to the county through the creation of a low-cost recreational and tourist mecca, to be enjoyed by county residents and tourists.

“Unfortunately, that is not what is happening. The developers make out handsomely but on most of the parcels the county gets what amounts to a pitiful return and the lands are lost to the public for decades to come,” she claimed.

In recent months the county’s plans have also drawn the criticism of a number of current and former planning officials within the county.

Peter Phinney, current chairman of the Marina del Rey Design Control Board, recently claimed that the county had lost the proper focus for the Marina and that people had lost trust in the county.

David Barish, co-director of We ARE Marina del Rey, said, “We are asking the Board of Supervisors to reject this amendment and set up a task force to create a plan that honors the mandate of the Marina and brings in far more substantial revenues to the county than this amendment envisages.”

If approved, the amendment would be heard at the California Coastal Commission meeting in June.

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