The Cambrian

In Brief: Workshop tonight on marine park; County, restaurant trying to clear the air

Workshop tonight on marine park

S ome ocean waters off Cambria might soon be the state’s first marine State Park officially designated as a “State Marine Park,” according to Kevin Fleming, a senior environmental scientist for State Parks.

State Parks officials host a workshop about reclassifying the Cambria State Marine Conservation Area as a state marine park at 7 p.m. today, July 1, at the Cambria Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.

They’re apt to hear that local recreational fishermen support the concept of the change in this part of the nomenclature of the network of marine conservation areas dotting much of California’s coastline.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since some of them were involved in the process of establishing the series of conservation areas off the Central Coast.

The State Fish and Game Commission in 2007 approved the Cambria conservation area, which bans commercial fishing for about a half mile from shore from the southern boundary of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve to approximately Pico Creek, just north of San Simeon Acres. Recreational activities, including fishing, are allowed.

The state has some underwater parks that are extensions of land-based parks, according to Fleming, a senior environmental scientist for State Parks, along with other areas that are called marine parks (16 are listed on the Department of Fish and Game website). However, he said, State Parks hasn’t classified those as official state marine parks and, eventually, they are likely to be renamed.

The new Cambria area’s new designation, if approved, Cambria fisherman Jim Webb said, also would formalize what has been a cooperative enforcement “combination of efforts between State Parks, the Highway Patrol and the Department of Fish and Game.”

—Kathe Tanner

County, restaurant try to clear the air

County air-pollution authorities say they are working with owners of a Cambria restaurant after notifying them that the two large gas grills inside the facility are creating too much smoke.

On May 7, the county’s Air Pollution Control Board issued a notice of violation to Main Street Grill in Cambria’s West Village after receiving an increased number of complaints this year about the early-morn-

ing smell and smoke.

Since then, according to APCD’s Karen Brooks, owner David Billingsley and his attorney John Ronca have been negotiating with the agency about possible solutions.

Grill employees reportedly have stepped up their schedule for cleaning the over-the-grill hood system, according to Brooks and Fire Chief Mark Miller. Attempts by The Cambrian to get comment from restaurant officials early this week were unsuccessful.

Increased cleanings were also required by fire officials in response to a Mother’s Day grease fire in the hood. There was a similar fire there in May 2005. Fire officials have increased their inspection schedule, too.

Brooks said it’s all about when the meat is cooked and the quantity of meat grilled at the facility — as much as 15 cases a day, at

70 to 80 pounds a case — some of which is served on site, but most of which is sent to Firestone Grill in San Luis Obispo.

—Kathe Tanner

Café Musique sets Cambria CD show

Café Musique, featuring violinist Brynn Albanese of Cambria, celebrates release of its latest CD, “Catching Your Breath,” with a concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10, in the Theatre at the Old Grammar School, 1350 Main St., Cambria.

Tickets are $15. For details, call 927-8190 or go to www.cafemusique.orgor

www.artistsofcambria. co m.

Café Musique will play at 7 p.m. the following Saturday, July 17, at Castoro Winery.

—Bert Etling

Those dealing with loss get together

The Community Grief Support Group continues to meet at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of every month at in the library at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2700 Eton Road, the church has announced.

The group, guided by trained staff, is open to anyone experiencing loss.

Also, the “Quiet Garden” and labyrinth are open to attendees for meditation before and after each meeting. The next meeting is on Tuesday, July 6. Call 927-5807 for details.

—Bert Etling