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Sonoma County zoning board rejects beach parking fee proposal

A Sonoma County zoning board Thursday soundly rejected the state's application to expand the number of beaches along the Sonoma Coast where visitors would be charged for parking.

The unanimous decision of the Board of Zoning Adjustments was expected, and likely sets up another showdown on the contentious issue before county supervisors.

"Currently, the idea is yes, we will be appealing," said Stephanie Coleman, an environmental coordinator for California State Parks.

Coleman presented the state's case that additional day-use fees are needed to maintain or restore services on the Sonoma Coast before a skeptical audience of about 50 people who attended Thursday's three-hour hearing in Santa Rosa.

The state is seeking permission to install 15 new self-pay machines at beaches on the Sonoma Coast and charge visitors a new $8 fee for parking.


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