Bay Blog and News

Cleaning up the Bodega Bay coast

Interesting article in the Press Democrat about Keary and Sally Sorenson and their efforts to clean Sonoma Coast beaches. “There are pristine beaches in Santa Cruz and Southern California” Keary explained, but “the beaches around here are deposition beaches.” Coastal deposition occurs in areas where the sea drops or deposits material. This can include sand,…
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Jenner a perfect spot to spy bald eagles

A pair of bald eagles whose hunting expeditions at the mouth of the Russian River have entertained tourists and local visitors over the past several years have turned the coastal hamlet of Jenner into a popular stopping point for bird-lovers, as if the scenery and seals weren’t enough of a draw. The raptors’ admirers include…
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13th Annual Chowder Day Saturday, January 30, 2016

Tickets are $10 and go on sale at 10AM on the day of the event and ticket sales end at 3:00PM.  Buy one $10 ticket and sample chowder from all the competitors. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold and chowder will be served until 3:00PM or until all the chowder is sold. The ticket price…
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Land Use in the Sonoma Coastal Zone – Jan 12th Meeting

Eric Koenigshofer is reporting that on January 12, 2016, the Board of Supervisors will make an important decision regarding coastal land use policy. On Highway 1 between Valley Ford and Bodega Bay there is an establishment called the Sonoma Coast Villa. The Sonoma Coast Villa was approved in 1985 and provides lodging and restaurant services.…
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UPDATE: Mason’s Marina Community Feedback Impacts Plans

Follow up on 11/16/15 Community Meeting Re-Mason's Marina Improvements We want to thank all of you who participated in our November 16, 2015 Community Meeting relative to ideas for future improvements at Mason’s Marina. Below is a copy of the feedback from the meeting and from those who completed the feedback sheets. In response to…
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Mason’a Marina Public Hearing meets Opposition to Plans

Joan Poulos reported in the Sonoma County Gazette that more than fifty Bodega Bay residents crowded into the meeting room at the Firehouse in Bodega Bay to let Sonoma County Regional Parks (the current operator for the County which owns the site) what they thought about the request for a feasibility study to re-design the…
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Crab feeds in question throughout North Bay

Bohemian.com is reporting that all over the North Bay in recent days, crab committees have been meeting, boards of directors have been discussing, and nonprofit organizations have fretted over the question: What to do about our annual Dungeness crab feed? The state delayed the opening of the Dungeness crab season indefinitely on Nov. 5 when…
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Cold-Water Safety Workshop for Commercial Fishermen

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer an 18-hour cold-water safety and drill conductor workshop in Bodega Bay, CA on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Bodega Bay Grange Hall, 1370 Bodega Avenue. Instructor, Beverly Noll, will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares, and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting;…
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California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 19, 2015!

Coastwalk sponsors the Sonoma County cleanup on over 15 beaches and 8 inland sites.  Look through the lists below and pick from the beach sites or from our partner organization cleanups! Scroll down to register Today!Come to the cleanup prepared for coastal weather (hat, shoes, sunscreen, water bottle) and bring buckets and gloves if you have…
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Local Coastal Plan – Preliminary Draft

[caption id="attachment_3276" align="alignleft" width="300"] Click image to enlarge map[/caption] The comment period on the Preliminary Draft Local Coastal Plan (LCP) has been extended by 4 weeks to September 30, 2015. Submit your comments on the Preliminary Draft LCP in one of the following ways: E-Mail: PRMD-LCP-Update@sonoma-county.org Letter: Permit & Resource Management Department, 2550 Ventura Avenue,…
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Plans floated for Mason’s Marina in Bodega Bay cause stir on Sonoma Coast

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat is reporting about Sonoma County’s plans to study the creation of a new interpretive center and recreational hub at the site of Mason’s Marina in Bodega Bay have triggered alarm among coastal residents who fear the region could be overwhelmed with additional tourists and traffic if such a project were…
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September Beach Cleanups

Beach Cleanups Sep 19 – Oct 11 ~ International  Coastal Cleanup An astounding 560,000 volunteers in 91 countries picked up more than 16 million pounds of trash in our 2014 International Coastal Cleanup. http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/   Sep 19 ~ Beach Cleanup ~ Register through Coast Walk 9am- noon ~ Please  register at coastwalk.org or call 829-6689…
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