Coastal Commission to Consider Refurbishing Last of 46 O.C. Beach Cottages at Crystal Cove State Park

The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday will decide whether to approve a $26-million proposal to renovate the last of 46 oceanfront cottages at the popular Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County.

Caution tape keeps people out of dilapidated cottages along the beach at historic Crystal Cove State Park in Orange County. (Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)

Commissioners are scheduled to consider a development permit to refurbish 17 historic cottages that will increase overnight accommodations at the park, which occupies a stretch of scenic coastline between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.

When finished, the cottages will help relieve the park’s heavy demand for affordable rental units and complete the current project to renovate the Crystal Cove Historic District. The commission staff recommends approval of the permit.

“Our organization, California State Parks and the California Coastal Commission have been working together on this project for almost two decades,” said Laura Davick, vice president of the Crystal Cove Alliance, a nonprofit involved with preservation of the park.

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