Meeting to keep beaches free tonight in Bodega Bay
Meeting tonight about keeping beaches free
Free Our Beaches, Inc. and former Sonoma County supervisor Ernie Carpenter will hold a meeting tonight, Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bodega Bay Fire Station to discuss a recent State Park proposal to start charging fees for access to the coast.
Parks is discussing putting in “iron ranger” fee collection structures that would charge $8 for access to the coastline. A similar proposal in the past provoked weeks of protests and was finally squashed. State Parks has said it will not be holding meetings on the issue because of budget problems The agency has been contacted and invited to this meeting.
“We all understand the plight of government funding these days but to charge for viewing the sunset and parking on coastal bluffs is not right,” stated former Supervisor Ernie Carpenter. “It’s not acceptable in good economic or bad economic times. It will prevent fishermen, surfers, you, me and families from accessing the coast. I think they need a Coastal permit for that reason,” Carpenter con