Fort Bragg's New Century

After 125 years of an economy based on logging and fishing Fort Bragg needs to build new economic possibilites:

  1. Sustainable logging will always be an important part of our Fort Bragg's future.
    We can build a bio-mass facility & small mill to maximize and localize sustainable forestry jobs as well as create energy.
  2. Fishing also will continue to provide good jobs and business to the coast.
  3. Tourism will grow as more and more folks discover our little town nestled between the redoods and the Pacific.
    The new coastal trail on the mill site is already getting national acclaim.

    Next Steps

  4. Establish Noyo Center for Marine Science, creating jobs and, in conjunction with Mendocino College, the best Marine Science program in California Community College system.
  5. Help fast growing North Coast Brewing relocate to mill site and anchor Eco Industrial Park.
  6. Turn Dry Shed #4, the last building on the mill site, into Industrial Art Center. Affordable workspace and shared equipment for beginning woodworking businesses along with showroom for coast's entire woodworking community can turn our nascent woodworking economy into a local economic engine.
  7. Make affordable high bandwidth Internet available to local businesses to help them grow as well as attract start-ups from Silicon Valley.

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Fort Bragg is getting the job done. 

We have acquired 90 acres of parkland and trail along the entire coastline.  Imagine starting out at Pomo Bluffs Park and having an 5 mile ocean trail all the way out across the trestle to MacKerricher State Park.

The Noyo Center has formed as non profit organization..  We have purchased 11 acres on the mill site. Not only will the Noyo Center create quality jobs, it will help our Community College become a destination for those interested in Marine Science.  Local Community College students will be able to study Marine Science here and those that excel will have the opportunity to transfer to one of the consortium of colleges partnering with the center.

We are working on plans for an Industrial Arts Center on the mill site to provide affordable work space for our fine woodworkers as well as other industrial arts.  Equally important, sitting just west of the Skunk Train, it will provide a venue for visitors to see (and buy) the incredible fine work done here on the coast, supporting these craftspeople.

And we have done this the 12 years I have been on council with a balanced budget.

Thanks for your support.





Labor Day 2014 Paul Bunyan Days Parade


Dave Turner for City Council Brochure Parade 2014 -- tri-fold-inside

dave turner for city council brochure 2014

Parade Paul Bunyan Days Dave Turner for City Council

Rowan, Zoey and Gray help Anne and Dave (Baba) greet the crowds.

Terry and Johanna Knaus with grand daughter Athena drove their blue 54 Chevy Truck for Dave Turner

Terry and Johanna Knaus with grand daughter Athena drove their blue 54 Chevy Truck for Dave Turner and parade crew.


About Dave Turner

Mayor Dave Turner at Paul Bunyan Days
Dave  was born at the old Coast Hospital in 1951.  His father, Ft. Bragg attorney Dewey Turner, was active in Fort Bragg politics.  He  served on the School Board starting in 1953 and as Fort Bragg School Board president in 1958 until the family moved to the Bay Area in 1960


dad and bryan

Brian Fairlee & Dewey Turner
Swale's Camp 1997

Dave attended Stanford University where he majored in “Social Thought and Institutions,”  a political science honors program. While attending Stanford, he opened a specialty sleep shop to help pay the bills.  The sleep shop business took off and Dave left before completing his degree.

Dave and his wife Anne will celebrate their 35th Anniversary in September. They moved back to Fort Bragg in 1992 to raise their four children in a town  where the community watches out for kids.

DaveAnneMac“We came home to a place where our children would have the freedom to develop into individuals in the security of a community that cares.  I like it that I see my dentist and doctor across the soccer field or in the market.  
This is a town built on a human scale.”

Dave and Anne have four children. Katie graduated from UC Santa Cruz and came back to Fort Bragg to open Pippi's Longstockings on Laurel selling Sock, Hats and Handbags. Dewey attended Sonoma State and came back to help run FloBeds..  Packie graduated from Holy Names University (on a basketball scholarship) and Bryna is a earning her masters in Playwriting at Rutgers University back east.

Dave, Packie & Bryna
Paul Bunyan Parade 1993

Shortly after returning to Fort Bragg, Dave joined the just formed Fort Bragg General Plan Economic Development & Tourism Committee where he began to see what could  be done in Fort Bragg.

redwoodaveDave’s business on East Redwood Ave, FloBeds, has grown from a 1 person business to a 11 member company.  They build their unique beds here in Fort Bragg and ship 85% of their sales across the United States.  Most of FloBeds’ sales are made via their  web site at Dave holds two patents on sleep systems.

The Turners are members of St Michael’s Episcopal Church here in Fort Bragg, where Dave has served three terms on Vestry, 2 year as Senior Warden and was Church Treasurer.     Dave was also treasurer of a National Trade Association for two terms.  “ I like to see the numbers work out. This is one of the strengths I bring to city government… a real business sense.

 “Fort Bragg is the best place in the world to live, and it is the job of the council to make sure we can still say that 50 years from now. We need to move forward with a clear vision.”