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Coastal Municipal Advisory Council

The Sonoma County Coast Municipal Advisory Council CAC) comprises the towns and areas of Valley Ford, Bodega, Bodega Bay, Jenner, Timber Cove, Fort Ross, West Cazadero and The Sea Ranch.

The Coast MAC is established to advise the Board of Supervisors and other County decision makers on local planning and management decisions relating to the Sonoma County Coast region, to provide a regular forum for citizen participation in the formation of advisory recommendations on those decisions and to provide a bridge for communication between the County and local residents and businesses, and the general public on local government decisions affecting the Sonoma County Coast.

Community Engagement Channels for the MAC and Supervisor Hopkins. How to be "In the Know!"

Hearing from and sharing news with District 5 constituents continues to be a priority for all of the District 5 team. On the agendas coming up in both River and Coast MACs are ways to enhance community communications and engagement. Bring your ideas and suggestions! Here are communication channels in place now.

I. YouTube: The County of Sonoma 5th District YouTube channel is your go-to source if you missed all or part of an important meeting. Click the link below to subscribe: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy7u_uF73_2htucfV3Sc7gA . The County also has a youtube channel for all overall county meetings.

II. Newsletter: Share this link with friends who also want to be in the know!

III. Community meetings - This past year we've held Town Halls in Occidental, Guerneville, Forestville, and participated in many community meetings where invited.

IV. Monthly Column in the Sonoma County GazetteLatest on Gleason Beach here.

V. Adding: physical location postings of MAC meetings in every representative area.

And, of course, you are always welcome to reach out to your MAC representatives or the team at District 5. You can reach our office at district5@sonoma-county.org and phone 707-565-2241. MAC representative emails are on the representatives page of this website. 

The 2021-2022 Tourist Impact Fund (TIF) Grant Application is now open!

The Sonoma County Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) is a tax on accommodations at lodging and camping facilities in the unincorporated areas of the county. From this fund, each Supervisorial District in the county receives a percentage for discretionary projects within each District from the Tourism Impact Fund (TIF).

These funds are then awarded in small grants to not-for-profit organizations to create improvement projects in their community. Awards are based upon the TIF funding area and criteria as listed in below. For geographical areas covered by Municipal Advisory Councils (MAC), the TIF policy has been determined by the MAC with input from the community. For those geographical areas not covered by a MAC, the application will go to District 5 staff and similar policy and procedures will be followed.

General Funding Criteria (No preferential order)

  •  *Applicants must be a not-for-profit organization.
  • Extra points will be given to those projects that can demonstrate the following, although all good projects fitting the funding priority areas will be considered. 
  • Greatest Impact on Community
  • Multi-Community Benefit
  • Best Return for Dollars (Leveraging/Matching Funds)
  • Geographic Fairness
  • Environmental Sensitivity

Sonoma Coast MAC funding priorities

  •  Tourism Impact Mitigation
  • Innovative Community enhancement projects
  •  Community Resilience
  •  Communications infrastructure
  •  Disaster preparedness
  •  Economic development

Grants are awarded throughout the year on a rolling basis. The PDF application form for the 5th District TIF Grants is linked here:  

5th District TIF application 2021-2022