Why Fort Bragg?

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There are many reasons to live and work in Fort Bragg. Here are just a few of them:

  • A rich history of fishing, logging and lumber processing that contribute to a unique community ambiance and character.
  • A variety of excellent local employers that add to the high quality of life, such as Mendocino Coast District Hospital, North Coast Brewing Company, College of the Redwoods and Harvest Market.
  • Active revitalization and planning for the reuse of a 425-acre Mill Site, which includes the newly-completed Coastal Trail connecting the entire coastline from the Noyo River to Pudding Creek (and then into and beyond MacKerricher State Park) and the Noyo Center for Marine Science Visitor Center. Future planning will allow for a mix of industrial, commercial and residential uses among large expanses of protected open space.
  • A newly-launched Visit Fort Bragg program to market and promote Fort Bragg as a world class tourist destination. Visit Fort Bragg is supported by a voter-approved initiative committing more than $250,000 or annual Transit Oriented Taxes to marketing and promotion.
  • Fort Bragg sits above Noyo Harbor, a productive and active harbor that supports both commercial and sport fishing and crabbing activities.
  • An active and involved community characterized by small-town friendliness with great business involvement and networking.
  • Association with the “Mendocino” name/branding strength for higher-end products and the hospitality sector.
  • Beautiful and accessible natural environment, ocean access, rugged coast line, redwood forest, beaches, and mountains that provide venues for a variety of outdoor activities, events and scenic experiences.
  • Exceptional quality recreational opportunities, such as sport fishing, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, beach combing, horseback riding, mountain bike riding, hiking and bird watching.
  • Limited traffic congestion, air pollution, crime and related urban ills.
  • Natural and historic visitor attractions, such as Fort Bragg’s historic downtown, the Skunk Train, Glass Beach, coastal trails and parks, Guest House Museum and the C.V. Starr Community Center.
  • Fort Bragg is the regional retail and employment center for the entire Mendocino Coast, and is an approximately 90 minute drive to the next largest City.
  • Unique, visually interesting small town character with quality retail, a mix of restaurants and constant community events.
  • Well-established artistic and cultural scene of community-based theater, music, fine arts and crafts.

Fees for many City services and permit processes are less expensive and can be accomplished more quickly than in larger jurisdictions. Here is a comparison of Fort Bragg’s costs and time frames compared with other locations:

[Fee Comparison – coming soon!]