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Fire at Pelican Point quelched quickly, likely started by humans

07/14/2016
Fire crews fought a brush blaze that broke out last Thursday afternoon along a stretch of Tomales Bay beach at Pelican Point, just north of Marshall Beach. Firefighters crossed the bay in a boat launched from Nick’s Cove while a Cal Fire fixed-wing tanker dumped a red cloud of retardant...

Marshall Tavern on the block again

07/14/2016
The Marshall Tavern is once again for sale: owners Daniel Altman and Avi Atid put it on the market within the last week, at a price of $550,000. That’s not much more than they bought it for in 2004, when they paid $512,000 for the property, which they planned to...

Bolinas community land trust hires new director

07/14/2016
The Bolinas Community Land Trust has hired Jerry Bernstein, a 77-year-old former businessman and nonprofit executive from Mill Valley, as its new executive director, after longtime head Lesa Kramer left at the end of 2014. “I like the idea of nonprofits and giving back, but I’m not kumbaya,” he said...

County cuts code change for short-term rentals

07/14/2016
The Marin County Planning Commission on Monday unanimously shot down a proposed amendment that would have restricted some rentals in parts of West Marin, arguing that it was confusing and redundant—and not where the county should be putting its energies. Accessory living areas, which called for minimum 30-day stays in...

Despite threat of lawsuit, Woodacre home gets go ahead

07/14/2016
In the face of strong concerns from activists, neighbors and Fish and Wildlife officials, the Marin County Planning Commission on Monday unanimously upheld plans for a new three-story home on a lot prone to landslides above Woodacre Creek. The approval followed hints of a lawsuit from the Salmon Protection and...

Short-term rentals to be clarified in code amendments

07/07/2016
County planning staff are set to pitch an amendment clarifying county development code language that caps accessory-unit rooms at three per house and prohibits short-term rentals of those rooms, following up on a trio of workshops on affordable housing held last fall by the Board of Supervisors. “We want to...

Ozone and fairytale inspires dance in Bolinas

07/07/2016
Choreographer Julia Adam likes to weave together playful, unexpected metaphors in her works. In her elemental series, which started with a performance in 2014 at the Launch For Hire that took inspiration from the waters of Tomales Bay, she has been drawn to folktales. Last year, she staged a dance...

Dial-a-ride service in Point Reyes expands

07/07/2016
A monthly bus service from Point Reyes Station to three shopping centers in Novato will open to the general public starting Monday, July 11, Marin Transit announced this week. West Marin Senior Services has operated...

Ditch snags Bolinas affordable housing plans

07/07/2016
Creating new affordable housing in Marin is no simple feat, but the Bolinas Community Land Trust has been in the early stages of developing plans for between two to six new affordable homes on the Big Mesa, with the help of an anonymous source of funding, donated land and free...

Drone use in Stinson spurs opposition group

07/07/2016
A group of residents disturbed by the growing use of drones has called for West Marin to become a “no drone zone,” after incidents involving the unmanned aircrafts have disrupted privacy and wildlife. The call for a ban arrives as some real estate companies begin to rely more on aerial...

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