Charleston Ballot Measure 6-185

The November 2020 Ballot will include Ballot Measure 6-185, which will authorize Coos County to collect local short-term lodging tax on hotels, campgrounds, vacation rentals, RV parks, and other short-term lodging properties within a proscribed area surrounding the unincorporated fishing village of Charleston, OR. This area is a popular tourist destination on the Southern Oregon Coast. Currently, there is no local short-term lodging tax in the Charleston area.

This tax is collected from visitors to the area staying in commercial lodging properties and all funds remain with entities within the county as noted below.
The proposed Short-Term Lodging Tax of 9.5% will mirror the tax imposed by the cities of Coos Bay and North Bend, and allow the Charleston Area to participate in tourism promotion of the area conducted by the Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau.

Under state law*, this tax funding will provide the following benefits to the community of Charleston and the tourism industry which is so important to the economic vitality of the area:

1. Improve the Visitor Experience & Charleston Visitor Information Center
31% of the funds remitted to the county will be provided to the Charleston Merchants Association to be used to improve the visitor experience and the visitor information center, including the purchase of property and contracting for the building of a new facility in a more visible location along Cape Arago Highway in Charleston. Funds will also cover the cost of managing the facility and debt service on the facility.

2. Participate with the Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB)
39% of the funds remitted to the county will be provided to the VCB to be used toward marketing, advertising and promoting the Coos Bay, North Bend & Charleston areas as a tourism destination. The VCB has promoted these areas for decades without any participation from the Charleston area. This additional funding will allow the VCB to increase its promotion and marketing of events and outdoor recreation activities. More marketing efforts encourage more visitors to travel to the area to attend local events, participate in recreation, dine in local restaurants, and spend money in Charleston’s quaint shops.

3. Coos County Public Safety and Code Enforcement
30% of the funds remitted to the county will remain with Coos County to be used for (1) enhanced public safety and code enforcement in the Charleston area and (2) enhanced public safety and code enforcement in the County as a whole.

The area included in this taxing district include the unincorporated area of the fishing village of Charleston, OR, plus the area along Cape Arago Highway from the Coos Bay City Limits line (Empire District) to the north, Cape Arago State Park to the South, the Pacific Ocean to the West, and Seven Devils Road passed South Slough Estuarine Research Center to the East, within the red boundary lines on the image to the left.

*Under state law, 70% of the revenue remitted to the Taxing Entity from local short-term lodging taxes must be used for tourism promotion and tourism facilities with 30% of revenues remaining with the Taxing Entity, i.e. Coos County. Lodging properties retain 5% of tax collections for their administrative costs prior to remitting revenues to the Taxing Entity.

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36th Annual Charleston Crab Feed

‘Crack Up’ local Oregon Dungeness Crab from Charleston at the North Bend Community Center on Saturday, February 8th! The Charleston fishing village is bringing Oregon’s Dungeness crab harvest to YOU at the 36th Annual Charleston Merchants Crab Feed this year.

The event will take place from 11 AM to 3 PM at the North Bend Community Center, 2222 Broadway Ave. in North Bend, OR 97459. This is the main fundraising event for the Charleston Visitors Center, but also provides funding to support other activities to promote the Charleston community.

“Last season, the Oregon Dungeness Commercial Crab fishery brought in an estimated $31-million to the local south coast and Charleston economy. That is something to celebrate! It is absolutely true that our fleet is proudly local,” says Tim Novotny, with the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission. “Events like this one bear that out and are a great way to connect with the community. It’s also a great way for the community to show its appreciation of the fleet. We hope that everyone comes on out and enjoys the biggest and meatiest crab on the market, and then goes on over and takes a look at all of the great restaurants and businesses that populate the town of Charleston. So, come on over and find out why we invite everyone to ‘Crack the Mystique’ that is Oregon Dungeness crab!”

Volunteers will serve whole or half crab dinners with side dishes, rolls, and a beverage. Whole crab dinners are $20 and half crab dinners at $16 but prices are subject to the markets. Make sure to leave room for dessert as pies and cakes will be available for sale by the Ladies Garden Club for $2 per slice. Beer and wine will be available and served by Charleston’s Miller’s Sports Bar & Grill. There will also be crab bibs, vendor coupons and prize drawings during the festival!

Make a weekend of it! Head out to Charleston and learn about marine life at the Charleston Marine Life Center, go crabbing off the docks at the Charleston Marina, storm watch at Shore Acres, Sunset Bay and Cape Arago State Parks, and hike the trails at South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. All are popular recreation spots just minutes away!

Local Key Club students and Chamber Ambassadors along with other volunteers will be serving and making your Dungeness crab dinner a great and fun experience! “The returning star of the annual festival is fresh, certifiably delicious Oregon Dungeness crab,” said Charleston Wild Woman Mel Campbell. “Don’t miss it!”

Charleston Seafood Festival

Join us for the 28th annual Charleston Seafood, Beer and Wine Festival located at the Charleston Marina on Oregon’s Adventure Coast! The event will run from August 10, 11 and 12 at the Charleston Marina located at 63534 Kingfisher Road, Charleston, Oregon.

Charleston invites you to celebrate the harvest from the sea. Come out for food, fun, music and crafts! The K-DOCK 92.9 Clam Jam will be playing three days of live music at the festival featuring Bad Habit, Bone Mountain Bros, CRBQ, Toyz, Border Patrol and Aurora. Kids can enjoy the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Trout Pond. This pond is fully stocked all gear will be available for the kids. There will also be a big Fire Truck Super Slide that lets kids slip off their shoes and zoom down the slide.

In addition to music and activities, there will be over 50 vendors selling food, Craft Beer, Regional Wines, crafts, shirts, trinkets and lots more. Featured breweries include Two Kilts Brewing Company, 7 Devils Brewing Company and Chetco Brewing Company. Featured wineries include River’s Edge and Naked Winery. Experience the bounty of the sea by trying all the different food stands and shop for local items and crafts. Find out more information at


Charleston Customer Appreciation Day

The Charleston Merchants Association and local merchants would like to invite you to the Charleston Customer Appreciation Day on May 19th. Local Merchants have a variety of discounts to offer you, the customers.

– Bayside Coffee:  Triple punches for drinks & Free Shopping Bag with $10 purchase of other than drinks
– Sea Basket Restaurant:  10% off lunch and dinner
– Englund Marine Supply:  Free Boat Safety Inspection; 9 am to 1 pm
– Betty Kay Charters: 10% off Ocean Rock Fish Trips Monday through Thursday all month of May
– Sunset Bay Golf: $5 Green Fee All Day May 19th
– Kinnee’s Gifts & Shells:  10% off of everything in store May 19th
– Jack’s Crab Shack:  $1 off everything if you mention this promotion
– Portside Restaurant:  Happy Hour Specials
– Fishermen’s Wharf: $5 Delicious Tuna Salad Bowl Saturday May 19th
– Wild Women of Charleston Wine & Gift Shop:  10% off selected items
– Davey Jones Locker:  Lots of Taffy
– Miller’s at the Cove – Extended Happy Hour May 19th 3 pm to 7 pm
– Thrifty Sisters – $1 kids clothing deals and 15% off cards and jewelry
– Charleston Marine Life Center – get $1 off the adult admission rate – and as always, kids are free.

Charleston Crab Feed This Weekend!

Don’t miss the opportunity to taste fresh ocean caught dungeness crab caught by our local Charleston crabbers! Come 11 am to 3 pm, Saturday, February 10th, at North Bend Community Center, 2222 Broadway, North Bend, Or 97459.
This event is the fundraiser for the Charleston Merchants Association and the proceeds help operate our volunteer visitor center just over the bridge in Charleston. A major sponsor this year is the Mill Casino & resort. Other important sponsors are the Charleston Marina Complex, Charleston
Merchants Association, North Bend Lanes, 7 Devils Brewery, Chuck’s Seafood, Betty Kay Charters, Bayside Coffee, Millers Sports Bar & Grill, and Englund Marine Supply. Come early and stay at the many fine hotels in Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston and enjoy shops, beaches, hiking, but especially
eating the delicious Oregon Dungeness Crab at the Charleston Crab Feed!

Charleston Marina

Visit a real working dock and get ahold of the freshest seafood you will ever eat!