Good thing this doesn’t smell bad. At all. Really.

This looks like an excellent use of coastal resources.

Remember Dana Point?

We do, although last time we were there it didn’t look exactly like this. They hadn’t yet, you know, ruined it or whatnot.

But let’s not get bogged down in the details. Instead–quickly!!–a few words from the sales literature.

Ahem: “Situated on 121 acres of pristine beachfront terrain, The Strand at Headlands is [make that “was”] the last undeveloped oceanfront property in Orange County, Calif. Nestled between Laguna Beach and San Clemente, Dana Point maintains its small-town atmosphere and is characterized by nearly seven miles of prominent coastal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean. Virtually all of the homesites at this gated community have unobstructed ocean views, with the front row sitting a mere 25 feet above Strand Beach, with private staircases planned that will lead to the surfing haven below. Phase I lots are sold out; a second phase of 10 homesites was expected at presstime to be released in early February, with prices ranging from $4 million to $8 million. The Strand homeowners will have private use of a 9,000-square-foot Beach Club. Sanford Edward’s two firms, Master Plan Developments and White Sand Realty, are currently the managing partner and broker of record that oversee the development activities at the Strand.”

We’d ask what’s not to love–but come on, people. Nothing. Duh.

No, the only question we have is this: Why would the developer of this California Coastal Commission-approved waterfront-destroying housing behemoth give $10,000 to the campaign of a backwater supervisor of a county 600 miles away, even if the supervisor does–coincidentally, we’re sure–happen to serve as the Coastal Commission chair?

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