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Coastal Trail Open

Soft Opening, photo by Dan Gjerde


Coastal Trail celebrates soft opening January 24, 2015!

Glass Beach Access Is Open
While the traditional route to Glass Beach Drive is closed in order to accommodate the construction of the City’s multi-use coastal trail and restoration project, alternative access is available to Glass Beach as follows: drive north on Glass Beach Drive until the construction fencing ends and then just follow the ribbons to Glass Beach.  Please refrain from entering the fenced off construction areas, as this is trespassing and you will be asked to leave.

The Coastal Trail Project   

The City of Fort Bragg has been working for several years to complete the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail & Restoration project which will provide public access along the City’s coast for the first time in over a century. The construction project is funded with a $1.36M grant from the State Coastal Conservancy, a $4.8M grant from the Statewide Park Program (Prop 84 funding), and a $348K grant from Caltrans. The Coastal Trail project will be constructed in 2014 and 2015.

Phase I
Granite Construction, the project contractor, began construction of Phase I of the Coastal Trail project in early August, 2014. This phase of the project will create 4.5 miles of trail on 82 acres of the old Georgia-Pacific mill site, restore over 20 acres of land to its former natural beauty, and provide three restrooms, two parking lots, 14 interpretive signs, two welcome plazas, and several unique benches designed by local artists.

Phase II
The second phase of the Coastal Trail will provide a half mile of trail on a ten-acre site near the Georgia Pacific mill pond, five acres of restoration, benches, interpretive panels and stairs to the beach at Fort Bragg Landing, and is currently in the planning process.

Talk of the Town

All the crab you can eat and more!
[posted: January 27th, 2015]


Stirring the cioppino


This weekend, the annual fundraiser for the Mendocino Coast Clinics was a smashing (or is that cracking?) success!  All three seatings for the Cioppino Feed at the Portuguese Hall were sold out, as was the grand tasting under the big white tent.  Twelve chefs and numerous wineries, breweries, and artisan food producers lined the walls sharing the bounty of Mendocino County.  A special guest at the event was celebrity judge Liam Mayclem, acclaimed host of food and travel shows on San Francisco’s KPIX-5 (CBS) and the Travel Channel (World Access airs in February of 2015).  In addition to his judging duties, he photographed, tweeted and posted on Facebook about his travels in Fort Bragg.


Crab judges

The judges, aka the Merry Pranksters


During his visit, he enjoyed breakfast at Eggheads, and happily documented the scenery, the Wizard of Oz themed cartoon collection and the whimsical menu.





And visited local attractions such as Glass Beach and the recently opened Coastal Trail.


Glass Beach

Coastal Trail and Glass Beach


Many of our Fort Bragg chefs were represented in the competition, including perennial winner Mendo Bistro, Harvest Market, the North Coast Brewery and Taproom, Karina’s Catering and Assaggiare Mendocino.


Mendo Bistro

Mendo Bistro’s award-winning crab cakes


A great time was had by all, visitors, participants and judges alike, raising much needed funds for our community health clinic.  If you missed the fun, make sure you mark your calendars for next year’s celebration of Dungeness Crab, the third Saturday in January 2016.



Happy judges


Photos courtesy of Liam Mayclem (Facebook), Foodie Chap, www.liammayclem.com

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