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MARCH 31, 2016
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|From the City Manager
As you may have read in The Ark last week, the City recently received some disappointing news from our friends at FEMA regarding the process by which we can seek to amend the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) that affect nearly 300 properties in the Lagoon. The article correctly concluded that our efforts will need to follow a longer timeline than we thought. But the reason given for that change may have left the impression that the flood protection systems we have in place are somehow compromised or at risk of failure, and that is not the case.
For several years the City has been pursuing a strategy, outlined in FEMA regulations, that allows communities to evaluate existing structures, propose improvements to levee systems and request “conditional approval” of a revision to the FIRM. This process provides certainty, prior to undertaking the expense and effort of a major construction project, that once the project is completed FEMA will amend the FIRM as promised.
What we learned from FEMA last month was that the seawalls along San Rafael Avenue and Beach Road do not qualify as “levees” pursuant to their definition and as such, we cannot use the “conditional approval” process described above. According to FEMA, a “levee” must be free from encroachments and as the FEMA engineers observed when they visited Belvedere, that criteria cannot be met. The buildings that connect on the water side of Beach Road and the Lagoon outflow and vegetation (including trees) impacting the San Rafael Avenue seawall are all problematic. This does not mean those encroachments “impede the effectiveness” or “undermine the integrity” of the seawalls as the newspaper article said, just that they preclude the structures from being considered levees in FEMA’s eyes. Only after a geotechnical and structural evaluation is completed could a conclusion be drawn as to the affect those encroachments have on the flood protection system.
We intend, in the next few weeks, to initiate such an evaluation, funded in part by a State Department of Water Resources grant. With those findings in hand we will consider what flood protection improvements are needed and desired by the community and how to fund them. Our primary goal will be to insure we use available resources to improve flood protection in Belvedere. If at some point we can demonstrate to FEMA that those improvements are sufficient to justify a revision to the Flood Maps, we’ll consider that a bonus.
Belvedere Clean & Green Day
Marin Master Gardeners Talk
Music at Old
The Ranch's Family Fun Day
Angel Island Adventure Race
Tiburon Wine Festival
Parks and Open Space Committee Walking Tour
Stay up to date on meeting times and cancellations and view agenda packets on the City's Website.
Get Ready 94920
The Ranch (Recreation)
Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
County of Marin, 3rd District
Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society
Belvedere Community Foundation
Marin Transit Rte 219 Shuttle
Belvedere Community Foundations Clean and Green Day
Saturday, April 23, 2016
10 AM – Noon
Please join us for a community clean up day at one of the following project sites:
- Community Park Playground
- Beach Road along the SFYC parking lot
- Lagoon Road across from The Belvedere Sailing Society Boathouse
Please bring work gloves.
For more information, please visit:
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from Clean and Green!
Please click on the image below for some excellent information from Mill Valley Refuse Service about how
to recycle. Please read all three pages and consider posting in a
prominent place in your household.
MERA Senior Homeowner Exemption
Qualified low-income seniors in Marin County are eligible to file for a tax exemption from a parcel tax, approved in November 2014, which supports the County’s next-generation public safety emergency radio system. To qualify for the exemption for a single-family residence, you must (1) be 65 years of age or older by December 31, 2016, (2) own and occupy your residence, and (3) not have earned a total annual household income of more than $65,700 in 2015. The deadline to file an exemption for the 2016-2017 tax year is June 1, 2016.
Marin Master Gardener Talks
Wednesday, April 6, 10:00 AM
Landmarks Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Boulevard
Marin Master Gardener Lois Stevens will discuss "Getting to the Root of the Matter: Deep Watering for Healthy Plants." In a time of water restrictions, it's important to know how to water our landscapes most effectively. This talk will provide home gardeners with an overview of why deep infrequent watering is recommended for maintaining healthy plants. Stevens will focus on root depths and their uptake of water and nutrients. She will explain efficient watering practices for Marin's climate and soil conditions.
Stevens has been a Marin Master Gardener since 2008 and has been gardening for nearly 50 years. She chairs the Master Gardener Help Desk service in Novato and has trained new Master Gardeners in diagnosing plant problems.In her professional life, Stevens was a civil engineer and project manager on highway and transportation projects for 30 years.
Admission is free. For more information, please contact Faith Brown at email@example.com.
Tiburon International Film Festival
April 8 – 15, 2016
The Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) is an annual event, which seeks to provide a greater understanding of the world and its many cultures through the artistic medium of film, and through the top quality films from around the world. TIFF wishes to enhance tolerance between people of all backgrounds. Its goal is one of cultural enrichment and heightened cultural awareness, and to create a platform for the independent filmmakers to express their talent and vision from any nation. TIFF strongly believes in its motto: "Understanding the World through Film"
For more information about the festival, ticket information, or how to become involved, please visit tiburonfilmfestival.com.
April 9, May 7, June 4; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Green Gage Farm, 489 Gage Lane, Novato
Be part of the zero waste initiative! Learn how to sheet mulch, build a hot pile, and transform food scraps with worms. Classes include an opportunity to purchase a compost bin at a discounted price.
Please register at zerowastemarin.org or call (415) 473-6170
Sunday, April 17, 4:00 PM
Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza
Tickets are $15 & $20.
Advance purchase available at the Landmarks Office,
Tiburon Town Hall, and Brown Paper Tickets:
Tickets available at the door if not sold out in advance, starting at 3:30 p.m. There is no parking at Old St. Hilary’s. Please park at the Boardwalk Shopping Center, 1550 Tiburon Blvd. and take a shuttle to the concert. Shuttle service begins at 3:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 1-415-435-1853
or visit landmarkssociety.com.
The Ranch’s Family Fun Day Event!
Saturday, April 30, 2016
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Belvedere Community Center & Park
Let’s have a Family Fun Day and play new field games for kids and grownups alike.
Featuring two or three new games per hour, game designers
from the Bay Area and beyond will create an inclusive experience of play
that offers a new and unique wave of fun, giving participants the
opportunity to experience play through a new lens. All games last 10 –
15 minutes, with little to no set up and can be easily played over and
Play games, listen to live music, eat and drink, win prizes,
and have the best Saturday ever! Bring the whole family to this
unforgettable event! This is a FREE community event.
Please RSVP on The Ranch’s Facebook page.
Angel Island Adventure Race
May 1, 2016, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Angel Island State Park
If adventure and surprises get your adrenaline pumping, then it is time to test your skills and see if you and a partner can complete our 8K Junior Team Race, 10k Family Team Race, or 15K Adult Team Race on Angel Island.
Featuring 5 – 10 fun and challenging obstacles throughout the course, teams of two will bike and run on trails, fire roads, and Angel Island’s Perimeter Rd. Teams will not know the course or challenges until the day of the race. Tactics can be planned on the Ferry ride over. One bike is allotted per team and used throughout the race. Choose wisely as to who rides where and does what. The total combined team milage should be around 8K (kids), 10k (Adult & Youth), or 15K (adults). The goal of the race is to complete all challenges and obstacles, then race back to the Start / Finish line and complete one final challenge!
Tickets are on sale now!
Adult Racer (ages 13+) $90 per person
Junior Racer (ages 8-12) $70 per person
Adult & Youth Racers (ages 10+) $140 per team
Includes ferry ride, bib and finisher shirt
Click here to register
Click here for more information
Tiburon Wine Festival
Saturday, May 14, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
One of the Bay Area’s premier wine events, the Tiburon Wine Festival pairs 60 of the finest wineries with 20 of the area’s most popular local restaurants to create a unique wine tasting experience that sells out every year. Located in downtown Tiburon, the festival boasts beautiful views of San Francisco and the Bay, live music and a spectacular silent auction with one of kind experiences and special wines from participating wineries.
Tickets are $75 for unlimited wine & food tasting. Must be 21. Advance tickets only!
All ticket sales are final.
Purchase Tickets Here!
Have questions about Tiburon Wine Festival 2016?
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