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Bodega Bay's public marinas to get facelift

  • A memorial statue dedicated to commercial fishermen of Bodega Bay who perished at sea stands at Spud Point Marina in Bodega Bay, Calif., on February 21, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Sonoma County officials are crafting long-range plans to renovate the aging public marinas at Bodega Bay, where commercial fishermen tie up alongside weekend sailors and tourists flock for clam chowder and the smell of the briny sea.

The marinas are part of the allure of Bodega Bay, a milieu that includes marshlands, birdwatching, coastal trails and a history of the native Pomo and Miwok and early Russian traders.

"What we see is a natural resource and very important economic base tied together that could provide the public with real insight into the environmental system and economic system and how it all works together," said Caryl Hart, director of Sonoma County Regional Parks.

In the short term, the county will shift the commercial and recreational boating operations at Mason's Marina to Spud Point, which is large enough to handle all of the boating.

Long-term, a renovated Mason's Marina could become the home to the charter boats now located at the much smaller Sport Fishing Center.

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