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Belvedere California Notifications
Belvedere E-Newsletter
MARCH 31, 2016
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Mary Neilan
Lagoon neighborhood aerial photograph
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.
San Rafael Avenue Seawall
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.
Beach Road Seawall
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

Tiburon International
Film Festival

ZeroWasteMarin Composting

Music at Old
St. Hilary's

The Ranch's Family Fun Day

Angel Island Adventure Race

Tiburon Wine Festival

Upcoming Meetings

City Council
April 11
6:30 PM

Parks and Open Space Committee Walking Tour
  April 14
4:00 PM

Planning Commission
April 19,
6:30 PM

Stay up to date on meeting times and cancellations and view agenda packets on the City's Website.

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Belvedere Community Foundations Clean and Green Day
Saturday, April 23, 2016
10 AM – Noon

Belvedere Clean and Green Day Saturday April 23 2016 10 AM to 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:

Special News Flash
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.

Mill Valley Refuse Service recycling informational flyer

MERA Senior Homeowner Exemption

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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

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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

Tiburon International Film Festival
April 8 – 15, 2016
Tiburon International Film Festival logo
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

ZeroWasteMarin Hands-On
Composting Classes

April 9, May 7, June 4; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Green Gage Farm, 489 Gage Lane, Novato

Zero Waste Marin Logo
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 or call (415) 473-6170

Music at Old St Hilarys Black Cedar

Sunday, April 17, 4:00 PM
Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza

Tickets are $15 & $20.
Advance purchase available at the Land
marks Office,
on Tow
n 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

The Ranch’s Family Fun Day Event!
Saturday, April 30, 2016
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Belvedere Community Center & Park

The Ranch logo
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 over again.

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

Angel Island Adventure Race Map
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
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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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