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Marina Del Rey is ready for a makeover, but would tourists respond?




A view of Marina del Rey.
A view of Marina del Rey.
Pedro Szekely

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The docks, restaurants and signature lighthouse of Fisherman's Village in Marina del Rey is about to get a major facelift. The Los Angeles County Dept. of Regional Planning is working on a master plan to redevelop and modernize the whole area around Marina del Rey.

The marina has seen better days and the kitschy, maritime décor is no longer attracting tourists to the waterfront. The area has suffered economically with shuttered restaurants and ice cream shops lining the marina.

The new plans are still in development but the county hopes to finalize them by the end of the summer. The new proposals include a wider promenade and more pedestrian space as well as moving the boat ramp.

The new, improved Marina del Rey is designed to appeal to pedestrians and tourists who want to stroll and sit along the waterfront. The county has a lot of leeway to redevelop the marina in whatever way it would like since the county itself is the landowner.

So how will the new designs sit with business and resident groups? Will the makeover bring tourists back to the region? What would locals like to see out of a new, improved marina?

Guests:

Supervisor Don Knabe, represents the 4th district, which includes Marina del Rey

Gina Natoli, supervising regional planner for the Los Angeles County Dept. of Regional Planning

Jon Nahhas, co-founder of The Boating Coalition

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