Drakes Bay may settle with CCC


Both parties in the lawsuit between Drakes Bay Oyster Company and the California Coastal Commission have agreed to a series of settlement talks, according to Peter Prows, a lawyer for Drakes Bay. The decision to engage in settlement discussions was agreed to after parties met in court on Tuesday to discuss a motion filed by Drakes Bay that asked a Marin Superior Court judge to revisit a ruling that would require the oyster farm to comply with a coastal commission order. Among other things, that order required that the oyster farm remove Manila clams and a tenacious and widespread invasive tunicate from the estero. After that ruling was issued at the end of July, Drakes Bay said that the decision was based on faulty information provided to the judge by commission lawyers. They also argued that following the orders without an environmental review violated state law.