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Belvedere E-Newsletter
November 21, 2018  |  Fall Edition
In this Issue
From the City Manager
Craig Middleton
Craig Middleton
We are thankful this week for many things – among them the rain that has helped to extinguish fires, clear smoke and improve air quality, and reduce fire danger. Our public works crews have largely completed their work to prepare the City for winter, clearing drainages and completing maintenance on our stormwater system. The seawall at Beach Road has been stabilized temporarily and work will commence to provide long-term support to the wall once specialized steel sheet piles are delivered to us.

A significant amount of study has gone into the question of how best to protect the City – its low-lying residential areas and its access from Tiburon to Belvedere Island – from more frequent storm events and projected sea-level rise. This subject will be discussed with the community in December and throughout the winter months. Our goal will be to arrive at a preferred approach to enhancing the City’s seawalls/levees. We hope you will be able to participate in this important discussion.

Monday, December 3, 6:00 PM
Belvedere City Hall Council Chambers

Belvedere will be hosting a community meeting on alternative design options developed during the City’s Belvedere Lagoon Coastal Levee System Evaluation. The meeting will be held on Monday, December 3rd, at 6:00 PM, in the Council Chambers at Belvedere City Hall.

For over a year, Stetson Engineers has worked with the City of Belvedere to assess the City’s capacity for withstanding large storm events accompanied by rising sea levels and potential for significant seismic activity that could undermine our levee system. The objective has been to come up with a solution that will protect homes abutting the Lagoon from flooding, and provide a stable and secure access route to and from Belvedere Island and the mainland.

Stetson Engineers has developed design alternatives for barriers at the four water pathways where Belvedere is vulnerable to coastal flooding at: (1) San Rafael Avenue, (2) San Rafael Avenue/West Shore Road Intersection, (3) Beach Road, and (4) the border with Tiburon.

You are invited to attend the community meeting, learn more about the various design alternatives, and share your opinion on the various designs.

For more information about the history of this project, please review the following past agenda packet materials:

Community Seawall Meeting

City Hall Holiday Schedule

Police Chief Retires

Concerts Talent Search

Tiburon Holiday Festival 2018

Landmarks Art & Craft Sale

Breakfast with Santa

LAFCo Position

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Meetings

City Council

December 10
6:30 PM

Planning Commission
December 18,

6:30 PM

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

Quick Links


  City's Website

Website Calendar

Get Ready 94920

Bel-Tib Library

The Ranch (Recreation)

Reed Union
School Dist

Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

County of Marin, 3rd District

Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society

Belvedere Community Foundation

Marin Transit Rte 219 Shuttle

Please make note of City Hall's upcoming holiday closures:

Thursday, November 22nd – Friday, November 23rd
Construction not allowed; no building inspections will be scheduled

Monday, December 24th – Tuesday, January 1st
Construction allowed only on 12/24, 12/26 – 12/28 and 12/31
No building inspections will be scheduled

Please contact City Hall at (415) 435-3838 with any questions.

Tricia Seyler
Belvedere’s Police Chief Patricia Seyler will be retiring at the end of the year. Chief Seyler has been with the City since 2011 and has dedicated nearly thirty years to her law enforcement career. Following in her family’s footsteps, Chief Seyler started as a jail deputy at the Marin County Sheriff's Office in 1998, rising through the ranks and ultimately coming to serve as Belvedere’s first woman Chief of Police. Throughout her career, Chief Seyler has maintained a strong interest and involvement in mentoring new law enforcement officers, including teaching at the Basic Police Academy at Santa Rosa Junior College and acting as a firearms range master instruction. Due in large part to her thoughtful guidance and wisdom, Chief Seyler has earned the respect of law enforcement colleagues in Belvedere, Tiburon and the County and has provided our community with a tremendous sense of safety and security. She will be greatly missed, and we wish her well in retirement.

Talent Search for 2019 Concerts
Concerts in the Park
The Concerts in the Park Committee is seeking recommendations for our free 2019 summer Concerts-in-the-Park series.

We will be booking four bands (for two hours each) in addition to four openers (which are typically 15-20 minutes at the beginning of each concert).

In order to continue the
 popularity, variety, and quality of our concert series, we are asking for your recommendations. Please submit website links and contact info for entertaining and eclectic talent  We start our search each December, so send in your ideas NOW!! We love local talent, and we support all musical styles!

Thank you for your support,
Concerts Co-Chairs Petey Stein & Adam Gavzer
And your 2018 Committee: Sally Burr, Jerry Butler, Nancy Cappelloni, Mimi Cornelius, Christina Decker, Ginny Doyle, Roger Felton, Nena Hart, Maureen Johnson, Cissy Kirrane.

The volunteers of the Concerts Committee truly appreciate your community donations to support the production of our concert series. We hire great bands, offer top notch sound and staging and support local artists. To contribute, visit or mail a check to Belvedere Concerts, c/o City Hall, 450 San Rafael Avenue, Belvedere, CA, 94920.

Tiburon Peninsula Holiday Festival 2018
Saturday, December 1st, 2-6pm
Ark Row and
 Boardwalk Shopping Center

Peace Love and Joy
Join friends and neighbors and experience the ultimate holiday celebration as Tiburon is transformed into a magical winter wonderland, full of cheer and classic family fun. Enjoy hands-on holiday activities throughout Ark Row, Main Street, the Boardwalk Shopping Center and the former Shark’s Deli. The day will culminate with the menorah and tree lighting at the fountain plaza when the sun goes down. 

This event has something for everyone: riding a horse-drawn carriage and electric train; catching snowflakes and posing in a photo bus; visiting with Santa, Mrs. Claus and popular animal characters; decorating gingerbread houses and making snow globes; and listening to a wide variety of carolers. 

Nearly all events are free. From 2 to 5 p.m.: the carriage rides run from the anchor circle, down Main Street and back. At the former Shark’s Deli, there’s a small electric train – geared toward those seven-years-old and under. 

At the Boardwalk, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with and pose with children – but bring your own camera. There’ll also be free hot cocoa, cider and treats. Popular animal characters will be wandering around the Boardwalk ready to interact with the children.

From 2 to 5 p.m., the “Candyland” of last year is now “Toyland,” with games and prizes under the big tent on Ark Row, and from 2 to 5:30 p.m., you can support the local Boy Scouts who will be selling wreaths. At the end of Ark Row, the Tahoe Photo Bus will be parked for anyone to take a selfie – just like the old-time photo booths, you can smile or make a funny face for a photo to take home.

From 2 to 4 p.m.: Stroll over to the Angel Island Ferry dock to make cards and ornaments with Captain Maggie and her crew. On Ark Row, Enlighten Optometry will host a drop-in, first-come, first-serve can make a snow globe ($8 requested donation). 

If you want to decorate a gingerbread house at Sam’s Anchor Café, make your reservations as soon as possible. There are just two sessions – one at 2 and the other 4 p.m., and only 50 tickets per session will be sold. The houses are already made, with myriad decorating materials on the tables ready to be used. Price is $35 for each house. Click here to make your reservations. 

For sale on Ark Row will be homemade scones, cookies and hot chocolate, as well as chili, wine, beer, and hot mulled wine.. 

Throughout the afternoon, a variety of choirs will entertain: 3 p.m. is Saint Hilary Choir; 3:30 p.m. is Reed and Bel Aire Choir; 4 p.m. is Marin Girls Chorus; 4:30 is Del Mar Steel Pans . At 5:30 p.m., Jan Pedersen Schiff’s Singers Marin will lead a sing-a-long at the fountain plaza before the tree lighting. 

For information and a schedule of events, please

Landmarks’ Holiday Art & Craft Sale
Saturday, December 1, 10am – 4pm
Landmarks Art & Garden Center, 841 Tiburon Blvd.

Join us in the historic cottage at the Landmarks Art & Garden Center for free hot apple cider and festive shopping. This popular holiday sale is packed with art and crafts from local artists including hand-bound books (Annelies Atchely); silver jewelry (Dave Benoit); glass flamework (Alexis Berger); gold jewelry (Krista Sheldon); natural soaps, bath salts and fine hand cream (Carol B); watercolor botanicals (Helen Drake Muirhead); fine jewelry (Rebecca Scott), ceramic bowls and teapots (Ezra Berger); baked goods and preserves (Judy Wilson), knit animals (Jenny Schwager); spices (Local Spicery) and more including our coveted Landmarks pear brandy!

No admission fee. Twenty-five percent of all sales benefit the Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society. For more information, please visit

Belvedere Community Center

Join us for a pancake buffet, complete with all the fixings and holiday caroling & ornament craft station. Santa will arrive around 9:30 and be available for family photos!

Call The Ranch offices at (415) 435-4355 to purchase your tickets. Tickets are $20 per person. Children under the age of 2 are free. All ticket sales are final.

Letters to Santa through The Ranch
Send your letters to Santa with the North Pole Express mailbox! The mail box will be open from Dec. 1-18th, 2018 and is located inside The Ranch offices at 600 Neds Way Tiburon, CA 94920. Include a self-addressed and stamped envelope so that Santa can write back!

Address letters to: Santa Claus, 25 Candy Cane Lane, North Pole, Arctic Circle

Applications now being accepted for the LAFCo Public Member Seat
Applications are now being accepted for the appointment of the Public Member to the Commission. Any person wishing to apply for the position may get an application by going to, calling 415.448.5877, or sending an email to
The Commission will accept applications through Friday January 4th and interviews of the applicants will be conducted at the Regular Commission meeting on Thursday, February 14. Additional information about the public member seat, qualifications, and application materials can be found on the Marin LAFCo website.

Music at Old St. Hilary’s – Musae
Sunday, December 9, 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza

Musae celebrates Christmas this December with John Rutters traditional cycle of carols, Dancing Day! in collaboration with harpist Anna Maria Mendieta. Alongside these joyful carols, Musae will present renaissance motets by Handl and Victoria and settings of the Songs of Songs by Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits. These songs celebrating joy and love will leave you with your heart open to the wonders of the season.

Tickets are $15 & $20. Advance purchase available at the
 Landmarks OfficeTiburon Town Hall, and online for the 1:00 PM and 4:00 PMshows.  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 Father Daughter Dance
Friday, February 1, 7-8:30 PM
Belvedere Community Center

$50 Per Couple ($15 each additional daughter). Event includes: dessert buffet, cookie decorating, music & dancing. Semi-Formal attire is encouraged. Purchase your tickets online and find more information

2018 Waterbird Festival: Celebrating San Francisco Bay Wildlife
Saturday, February 2, 2018
Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon

Celebrate scaups, scoters, cormorants and more! Visit Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary for naturalist-led bird walks, exclusive field trips, live music, great food, and fun bird-themed activities. Bring a pair of binoculars or use our spotting scopes to see the waterbirds that call Richardson Bay home. For more information please


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