Marina del Rey's got some big changes coming its way. First, it's gearing up for a pricey marina cleaning, and now LA County Supes have voted to go forward with a plan that would reorganize its entire marina area into "districts" for boaters, for tourists, and for residents, reports the LA Times. The plan was hotly contested early on, in part because it would call for adding lots of new retail space and 940 new hotel rooms, but also because it would have relocated the public boat launch to a new spot, a move that local sailors called "suicidal."
Perhaps because of the strong protests of boaters, the public boat launch will stay in its spot on Admiralty Way, but most all the other aspects of the plan originally introduced in February. That plan called for the marina to get some new low- or mid-rise hotels, as well as to have "hubs" set up where people can connect to water taxis, public shuttle buses, and bike-oriented improvements, like bike paths. The modernizing upgrades are also aimed at improving the overall walkability of the area around the marina.
· Vision for Marina del Rey approved by L.A. County Board of Supervisors [LAT]
· LA County Wants to Rearrange All of Marina Del Rey [Curbed LA]