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Supreme Court strikes fatal blow for Drakes Bay Oyster Co.?

Friday brought some good news to Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in its ongoing legal battle to remain at Point Reyes National Seashore – but bad news followed close behind on Monday.

The good news came from Marin County Superior Court, which on Friday overturned an order issued last year by the California Coastal Commission that some had called unfair and an abuse of power.

Friday’s ruling – which effectively stays, for now, a CCC order that the farm remove its equipment and shut down – was lauded by Drakes Bay supporters.

“This is a good day for California,” said Phyllis Faber, a Marin County biologist and founding member of the CCC, as quoted in a Drakes Bay news release. “The Coastal Commission had seriously abused its power. It was necessary to hold them accountable.”

The bad news arrived Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of lower court rulings supporting the Obama administration’s decision to evict Drakes Bay Oyster Co. from federal land.


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