Free Our Beaches, Inc. and Ernie Carpenter will host a meeting to discuss the recent State Parks proposal to install fee collection devices commonly called Iron Rangers along the Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino coast. The initial fee would be $8 per car to access our coast. Fees would be collected at almost all State access points that are currently free. The State has tried in the past to install Iron Rangers and that effort was successfully protested by citizens as discriminatory to coastal residents and poor people. “People on the coast go to these spots to enjoy the sunset. They want to charge us for something that has always been and should always be free,” stated Bev Burton, Bodega Bay and a founding member of Free Our Beaches. “How are poorer people going to access the Coast?” she asked.
The meeting will be held at the Bodega Bay Fire Station on Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to develop opposition to the fees and to support our State legislators’ attempts to prevent these fees for local access to our beaches. A general discussion will be held and opposition to the fee plan will be channeled to our legislators. Free Our Beaches will be looking to the community for assistance in fighting the fees.
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