By Jason Dearen, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge on Monday denied a Northern California oyster farm's request to have its removal from Point Reyes National Seashore overturned, and ruled against allowing it to continue doing business in the park while its lawsuit is being heard in court.
The judge denied owner Kevin Lunny's request to void Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's refusal to renew the historic oyster farm's lease for another 10 years.
The rulings dealt a blow to the popular Drakes Bay Oyster Co.'s last-ditch effort to remain in business beyond its March 15 eviction date.
Point Reyes National Seashore was added to the national parks system by Congress in 1962, and protects more than 80 miles of California coastline. It is managed by the National Park Service, which is part of the Interior Department.