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Benicia’s Outreach and Investment in Tourism Pays Off

With such a diverse range of restaurants, upscale pubs, wine bars and retail stores along the waterfront shopping district, Benicia’s tourism efforts have put the city on the map as a bonafide destination.

Downtown Benicia: A Block-by-Block Primer

First Street’s mile-long layout often leaves visitors wondering what’s where. The second in a series, this issue tackles First Street’s fun mix of retail shops, bars and restaurants from C to D Street.

Benicia’s Downtown Buildable Parcels are Rapidly Disappearing

A flurry of construction activity has seen many, if not most, of Benicia’s remaining vacant lots near the waterfront receiving large new homes.

Solano County’s abundant and scenic bird viewing locations

The Pacific Flyway runs right through Solano County, so migrating and overwintering birds are abundant for bird watching throughout Solano County—particularly in marshlands along Benicia’s waterfront.

New railing will stand up better to wind and salt water

The waterfront promenade iron railing at the end of Benicia’s First Street, installed in the early 1990s, begin to deteriorate from the elements. The new railing being installed will be made of stainless steel will better withstand the wind and salt water over time.

Eleven Remaining Mothball Fleet Ships On Active Duty

Suisun Bay’s National Defense Reserve Fleet, which has been shrinking steadily this decade, is part of MARAD’s 99 ships at three reserve sites to be used in case of national emergencies.

Going Beyond Produce At The Benicia Farmers Market

60 Vendors display a variety of wares at the Benicia Farmers Market—in addition to produce, there’s grass fed beef and fresh fish, local honey, fresh flowers, baked goods, arts and crafts and more.

Bio: Mark Barnum, Bay Area Waterways Tugboat Captain

Benicia’s Mark Barnum is a tugboat captain, helping navigate huge ships through the tricky waters of the San Francisco Bay.

Benicia Arsenal “Ground Zero” For Artist Open Studios

With A 22-year long legacy of 70+ artists opening their private studios to the public, Arts Benicia launches its biggest event of the year May 7-8. A map of the studios, some of which are live-work, is available at Arts Benicia in the lower Arsenal.

Eighth Annual Footrace At The Water’s Edge

The 8th annual Benicia Run for Education 5K and 10K foot race, April 10, 2016, raises big money for Benicia schools. This year’s event proceeds will fund technology and other programs for students.