Tourism

UPDATE: 3-2 Supervisor vote for wine interests…Winery Event Ordinance Returns Yet Again to Sonoma Board of Supervisors

As many readers may recall, in December 2014 in response to community outcry, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to prepare options for updating policy on regulating winery events, particularly in the over-concentrated wine areas of Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Westside Road, either as a zoning amendment or local event guidelines. Finally, after […]

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‘Lake Tahoe has a people problem’: how a resort town became unlivable

‘Lake Tahoe has a people problem’: how a resort town became unlivable’   The region’s popularity has seen a surge, sending real estate prices soaring and pushing locals out. by Dani Anguiano in Kings Beach ‘Lake Tahoe has a people problem’: how a resort town became unlivable | California | The Guardian Lake Tahoe has made Fodor’s

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CEQA Requires Assessment of GHG Impacts from Tourism

We Are Paying the Price: 5 Stages: “Tourism’s Faustian Deal”

Post from the past. As the County prepares to allow more winery events and cannabis tourism we have to ask, “who are you working for?” Tourism is only 6.5% of our total economy (2021 Economic Development Report).  Opinion: The Press Democrat recently reported that more people are leaving Sonoma County than moving in. We have

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One-sided winery rules

One-sided winery rules EDITOR: Your article about event permit rules for wineries failed to expose the redundant, chaotic, mind-boggling process the county has burdened the community with for the past several years (“Clashes over winery event permit rules,” Feb. 20). The county has repeatedly asked for feedback, from numerous workshops to the winery working group

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WWW Responds to Winery Event Workshop by County

PRMD-WineryEvents@sonoma-county.org To: Permit Sonoma & Sonoma County Supervisors:  RE: Winery Event Ordinance Wine and Water Watch is a local organization of over 300 citizens concerned with the overdevelopment of the wine tourism industry and promotes ethical land and water use. We oppose the industrialization of agricultural lands not growing food, medicine, fiber or sileage and

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Our Coast has too many vacation rentals now: The Tahoe rental reckoning

Sounds like the Sonoma Coast…..”It’s part of a region-wide reckoning for an industry that, fueled by the proliferation of rentals on Airbnb and Vrbo, many locals say has transformed their quiet communities into year-round party zones for out-of-towners.” LCP WORKSHOP: Wednesday February 24: Vacation Rentals New Lake Tahoe crackdown on rentals could make it much

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