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Sonoma Coast Fees public meeting Feb 17 in Sebastopol


Sonoma Coast Fees public meeting Feb 17 in Sebastopol

California State Parks invites the public to an open house to learn about State Park's revised proposal to collect parking fees at a limited number of day use parking areas along the Sonoma County Coast. State Parks originally proposed the installation of 14 fee collection devices at various locations in Sonoma Coast and Salt Point State Parks. Subsequent to the most recent Coastal Commission hearing on this issue, State Parks met and collaborated with stakeholder groups to better understand the issues of concern and develop a substantially reduced project scope that was responsive to those concerns.

This revised proposal represents a reduction in the number of locations where fees were proposed to be collected from the previous proposal.

Proposed concepts include: Construct entrance stations which will have kiosk attendants to provide park information and collect day use parking fees at: Bodega Head, Goat Rock and Willow Creek areas and installation of Automatic Pay collection devices only at Shell Beach, Stump Beach and Freezeout Creek. Fees will be consistent with other Sonoma County Regional Parks and local State Parks and affordable hourly rates will be possible.

The OPEN HOUSE will provide a forum for the public to learn about this proposal from California State Parks, and for California State Parks to hear from the stakeholders. 

Wednesday, February 17th

6:30 to 8:30 pm

Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
390 Morris St., Sebastopol

Meeting facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need specific accommodations, please contact the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District office at (707) 865-2391.

California State Parks - Fees



Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods Executive Director Comment

As directed by the Coastal Commission, State Parks has been meeting with a stakeholder group comprised of Stewards, Surfrider, Coastwalk, Sonoma County, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District, and Sonoma County Conservation Action. While none of us at the table are excited about fees, we were tasked with making recommendations to State Parks that would address all the issues that have been brought up by the public about fees on our coast. I am pleased to say that the help and support that we received from our local State Park staff was exceptional and they listened to all that was said and did a wonderful job advocating for our position in Sacramento. As a result, State Parks in Sacramento will be sharing a revised plan at the above mentioned public meeting. I ask that you come to this meeting with an open mind with the idea that what will be presented will be a new starting point from which to negotiate further. Coastal Commission staff will be there to hear your concerns so they can prepare their report for an April meeting that will be held in Sonoma County. They will also be able to let the public know about how the process will proceed from this point on. 

Unfortunately, I will be on vacation next week and won't be able to attend the meeting, but members of the Stewards Board of Directors will be there. Please come so your voice can be heard. 

Michele Luna, Executive Director
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods