A Woman with a Mission
A WOMAN WITH A MISSION
A FORMER COVITE HAS TURNED HER LOVE FOR THE COVE INTO A LIFELONG JOURNEY.
When Crystal Cove was in danger of being replaced by a luxury resort several years ago, one woman poured her heart and soul into saving the beloved SoCal landmark. Today, that woman—Laura Davick—is the founder and director of external affairs for Crystal Cove Alliance. She’s made it her mission to preserve and sustain the State Park and it’s oceanfront Historic District, a stretch of sandy shore she once called home.
Laura’s memories of the Cove run deep: Her family had a beach house on the sand for 40 years, and her summer days and evenings were filled with potlucks and holiday celebrations. She laughingly shares stories of summer grunion runs and whipping up date shakes as a teenager working at The Shake Shack.
This passion gave her purpose when Crystal Cove was slated to become a luxury resort. She launched a campaign to preserve the Cove, proposing a transformation of the historic cottages into overnight rentals and buildings for educational research. Under her watchful eye, cottages have been faithfully restored and many are highly sought-after rentals that are booked eight months in advance. Crystal Cove has since become one of the most successful public-private partnership models in the California State Parks system.
Her obvious love for the community shines through in everything she does. She continues to be an advocate for the Park on a local and state level … and if you want to hear some of Laura’s historic Cove stories and cottage rental tips, she leads a tour on the third Sunday of every month.