Collaboration! There’s nothing better. Here in Marina del Rey, collaboration is a way of life. Combine related yet different entities to make something even better. Surf and sand, boating and fishing, visitors and residents, shopping and dining, and of course public and private. All of these forces work together synergistically to make Marina del Rey an amazing place from multiple perspectives.
Public and private partnerships are where this fine organization becomes most vital, and I am extremely proud to be serving as the president of the Marina del Rey Lessees Association. This organization plays an integral role in joining private agencies, that lease and develop the land, with the County of Los Angeles, the owner of the land.
Considered the Crown Jewel of Los Angeles, without my fellow members investing in their long-term leased parcels, Marina del Rey would not serve as the economic engine that it is. One of the key economic drivers is the marina itself, which is the largest man-made small craft harbor in North America, with over 5,000 boats and yachts anchored there. The marina attracts boaters and yacht owners who in turn contribute to our tax base by supporting local boat maintenance businesses, as well, they enjoy the dining, entertainment, and other amenities in the community.
With a thriving tourism industry, our gem of a community regularly attracts visitors from neighboring communities and all over the globe. Stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, enviable weather, and the proximity to popular attractions, including Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, the Getty Center, and a short drive to Hollywood, enhance the allure of our destination city.
Residents relish the multiple entertainment opportunities ranging from casual waterfront restaurants to upscale dining experiences, and music venues offering entertainment options for all tastes. In addition, Marina del Rey is teeming with beautiful parks and recreational areas, including Burton Chace Park and Fisherman's Village. The Marvin Braude Bike Trail runs through the community, providing a popular route for joggers, bikers, and rollerbladers.
Not to mention, residents live comfortably knowing they have state-of-the-art medical services and other essential businesses conveniently located within a short distance of their homes.
It is because of the members of the Marina del Rey Lessees Association who invest in long-term leases, then proactively develop, and manage the property to meet the community’s needs, that Marina del Rey offers an ideal place to live, work, and play. The outcome is the economic vitality that fortifies and energizes the whole County.
I am sincerely dedicated to strengthening the collaboration between the area’s leaseholders who comprise the Marina del Rey Lessees Association, the Department of Beaches and Harbors, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.