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DRAKES ESTERO: Early this week, heavy machinery demolished structures at the former site of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, on the shores of the new marine wilderness. A Point Reyes National Seashore spokeswoman said that despite pleas by ranchers to consider the shack for their own use, officials decided to tear it down, citing regular flooding.  David Briggs

Drakes Bay Oyster Company and the National Park Service just do not agree: the company says it removed all cultivated shellfish from Drakes Estero by the Dec. 31 deadline, the park says it did not. 

During surveys conducted this month, Point Reyes National Seashore staff claim they found oysters under cultivation—which were slated for removal . . .