California: Judge Orders the Road to a Popular Beach to Be Reopened

September 25, 2014
New York Times

A Northern California judge on Wednesday ordered a Silicon Valley billionaire to reopen his private road to a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers. The judge, Barbara J. Mallach of San Mateo County Superior Court, ruled that the billionaire, the venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, would have to obtain permission from the California Coastal Commission if he wished to close off Martin’s Beach, a secluded stretch of coast south of Half Moon Bay. The case, brought by the surfer and environmental group Surfrider Foundation, had been seen as a test of 1970s laws ensuring public access to the state’s 1,100 miles of coast. For more than a century, owners of the beachfront property had allowed beachgoers to use a private road to reach Martin’s Beach, in exchange for parking fees... (To read the entire article, please click HERE)