On Tuesday, the city council approved funding that it will re-open Point Molate beach—the city’s only public beach. The beach closed in 2004 due to budget cuts and then was slammed in 2007 by the Cosco Busan fuel spill. The public space has been under lock and key ever since. In anticipation of the beach’s re-opening, we thought it would be fun to see what the area looks like today.
In the early 1900s, Point Molate was home to a Chinese shrimp camp, and later housed the Winehaven winery. The historic Winehaven building still stands on Western Drive. Earlier this year the Department of the Interior rejected plans by the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians to build a casino near the beach.