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Bodega Bay Now Part of the New
Sonoma County Coastal Municipal
Advisory Council


Jan 20, 2019


Mother Nature is just showing off! Monster crashing waves on shore & thundering rain in January so beautiful to see.  Birds steadying themselves to fly. Salmon Creek opening to welcome the ocean. Breathtaking beauty abounds.  It’s the perfect time to visit the coast – little traffic, great shopping, delicious dining, breathtaking hikes and spectacular waves, viewed safely of course. Might get a bit damp but it’s the coast!

Just clamming around. Clams were devoured on Bodega Bay Chowder Day January 26th with 1,500 tickets sold to Clam Aficionados!  Check out the Bodega Bay Area Chambers website for the “Chowda” winners at Time to dine and taste all the winners!

No Boom, No Bang this year during 4th of July in Bodega Bay.  Survey went out to local folks asking if the Bodega Bay Area Chamber should keep putting on the show!  While we all love the sparkles, we have to think of our bird’s nesting nearby, impact to our Bay’s underwater friends and of course, fire danger. The survey said...let’s be kind and safe this year so no fireworks in Bodega Bay for 2019.  At this time, the Chamber and the local community are looking into alternative festivities that would honor and highlight our maritime heritage so that we may continue to celebrate our Independence Day in a fun way that utilizes our coastal location.

Ending Hunger in Bodega Bay. Waves of Compassion Foundation, a local 501c3 non-profit holds a food pantry for local coastal residents and workers.  It is held on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Bodega Bay Grange from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm.  Healthy vegetables, delicious fruit and meats are handed out to help ease the challenges of providing food on the table for our coastal community.  Want to help out?  Volunteers are always needed. to volunteer or learn more.  

Detachment Initiated.  Bodega Bay Against Unfair Taxation (BBAUT) is a local BB Group submitting a petition to detach from the Palm Drive Health Care District to stop incurring additional taxpayer costs.  The required number of signatures are in, the request has been made and the process is moving forward.  Email for more information.

Are you ready for the BIG ONE?  We live on a major earthquake fault & the stunning ocean is our front yard!  Might be time to get prepared for a disaster to strike.  Well Bodega Bay CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is here to help you be prepared, trained and ready.  Next CERT meeting is February 11th at the Bodega Bay Fire Station at 6:00 pm in the Burke Room.  Email to get prepared today.  Assistance with building your personal Disaster Kit is available in Bodega Bay.  Just ask BB CERT!

The BB CMAC is ready to represent! Bodega Bay is now part of the newly formed Sonoma County Coastal Municipal Advisory Council.  Voted as the Bodega Bay Representatives areBrooks Rooney &Cathy Beck along with Bob Amaral as the Alternate.  The CMAC was formed to provide important representation for the unique & diverse needs of our coastal communities to all the Sonoma County Supervisors. Thank you to Supervisor Hopkins for your support in this effort!

It’s been very crabby!  Crab season is upon us with visitors on local charter boats getting their limits & the commercial fisherman hauling crates of those tasty crustaceans aboard.  Looming over the season has been challenging weather, Domoic Acid & enough meat in the shell. Whew, our season opened just in time for the holidays with us all been feasting on sweet & delicious crab! Thank you to the fisherman who bring this delicacy to us.  

“SEA Your Way to Bodega Bay” on May 4 & 5th for the annual Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival at Westside Park.  Come celebrate our local Fisherman and blessing of the fleet for safe passage for the upcoming salmon season. Festival is an all-volunteer event with proceeds benefitting Bodega Bay Area community services.  Visit to learn more.

Spring will be here before we know it with plenty to do in Bodega Bay!  Stay tuned for more of the Best of Bodega Bay events & important news in my future columns.  



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