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Watchdog submits oyster grievances to Congress

03/07/2013
A watchdog group participating in the legal defense for Drake’s Bay Oyster Company this week issued a report accusing the Department of the Interior of relying on flawed science in its decision to deny a new permit to the oyster farm. Cause of Action is currently helping oysterman Kevin Lunny...

Deputy helps fallen bicyclist

03/07/2013
A bicyclist who collapsed in San Geronimo Valley after developing a heart condition on Sunday was helped by an anonymous person who performed CPR, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Doug Pittman said the man, whose name was not released, was in improved condition and being treated in...

Coastal Commission will hear neighbor’s appeal of brandy farm

02/28/2013
A Marshall resident’s attempt to stop Lagunitas Brewing Company founder Tony Magee from attaining a permit to develop a brandy distillery will head to a California Coastal Commission hearing in April. Adjacent neighbors Scott Kivel and Lia Lund said the 7,000 square-foot development on Mr. Magee’s 150-acre Highway One property...

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...

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