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Gazette Premium Content Feds delay closure of Point Reyes oyster farm

Associated Press Updated: July 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

INVERNESS, Calif. (AP) — The National Park Service is delaying the closure of a popular oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in Marin County was scheduled to shut down at the end of July after former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in 2012 refused to renew the farm's 40-year lease.

But owner Kevin Lunny says the National Park Service said Friday the company can continue harvesting oysters beyond July 31, and the agency will give 30 days notice before it has to close.

Lunny says Drakes Bay will shut down its retail and packing operation on Thursday, but will continue supplying its customers with raw oysters.

The agreement to delay closure comes as a federal judge considers an injunction request by businesses that rely on Drakes Bay oysters.

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