In announcing the dealership's contribution to the centennial,
owner David Wilson assured the crowd that Newport Lexus will be
involved in the community.
"We don't say no in our city," Wilson said. "We help everybody we
can in our city."
Lexus is now a major sponsor of a yearlong celebration of the
city's 100th birthday. The first event, a kickoff party featuring the
Beach Boys, will be held Oct. 2. at Newport Dunes.
The city has raised a total of $500,000 toward a goal of $1.1
million for centennial festivities, said Councilman Don Webb.
"You really only have the opportunity to celebrate a centennial
once in a lifetime," Webb said.
Wilson and business partner A.J. D'Amato told city officials they
were excited to be a part of the Newport Beach corporate community.
"You can count on Newport Lexus being a terrific corporate
citizen, not only financially but personally," Wilson said.
Heffernan said the dealership will only mean good things for
"Clearly this is going to be a huge advantage for us," Heffernan
said. "We want them here. It's a win-win situation, and it's a
long-term tax generator for the city."
Wilson applauded the efforts of city staffers to work with the
dealership to proceed as quickly as possible with the construction.
"You're to be commended on what a great job the staff has done to
get us to this level," Wilson said.