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Drake’s Bay to stay open until court hears appeal

02/28/2013
Drake’s Bay Oyster Company will live to fight another day. An appellate court on Monday ordered the Obama administration to allow oyster farming to continue in Drakes Estero just days before a government deadline would have forced the cannery to shut down. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth...

Marin bivalve shellfish toxic

02/28/2013
Recreationally harvested Marin County mussels, clams and scallops have been found to contain dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins, the California Department of Public Health announced late Wednesday. The warning does not apply to commercially harvested shellfish. The naturally occurring toxins, which are not destroyed by cooking, can cause...

Coastal plan set to strike balance of interests

02/28/2013
Planning officials and seaboard residents who have negotiated a new development-regulations regime for half a decade will have to wait at least two more months before their proposed Local Coastal Program (LCP) amendments are sent to the California Coastal Commission. Divergent stakeholders are still weighing in as the Marin County...

Marin tourism industry improves

02/28/2013
Marin hotels saw more customers and increased revenue for the second consecutive year in 2012, suggesting that rising gas prices and a faltering economic recovery are having a muted impact on the county’s linchpin tourism industry. Hotel and motel occupancy grew to 73.1 percent in 2012, from 68.7 percent in...

Dance Palace woes

02/28/2013
The financial outlook of the Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center came into focus this past weekend, when a small group of members gathered to discuss ways to stabilize the financial footing of a community organization seeking to reverse a tenacious budget deficit. The annual meeting, which drew about two...

Muir Woods tops visits in 2011

02/28/2013
Tourists who visited local national parks spent more money there in 2011 than in the year prior, accounting for $262 million in spending around the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods and Point Reyes National Seashore, according to a new study commissioned by the National Park Service. Muir Woods...

Draft creekside rules released

02/28/2013
County planners earlier this week released a draft of revisions to a stream-conservation ordinance that retains many building regulations near waterways but eases restrictions on property owners seeking minor improvements that do not affect the nearby habitat. The proposed ordinance, which applies to all properties in unincorporated areas that are...

New Point Reyes tracking school

02/28/2013
Local tracker Richard Vacha, who has under his belt a lifetime of wandering in Marin’s open spaces, this month launched the new Point Reyes Tracking School in what he calls the “culmination of a long-held dream.” The school is offering a multitude of classes and workshops, but the core curriculum...

Drake’s Bay Oyster Company granted emergency injunction

02/25/2013
An appellate court issued an emergency order on Monday that will allow Drake's Bay Oyster Company to continue doing business while the embattled cannery wages a legal battle against the Obama administration. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted oysterman Kevin Lunny's eleventh-hour...

Ranchers say park plan will blanket pastures in sand

02/22/2013
European beachgrass, long favored by natural resource management agencies as a means to stabilize shifting sands, has fallen out of fashion with the National Park Service. Not so with local ranchers. In a letter sent to the superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore last week, the Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers...

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