WE SHALL FIGHT ON THE BEACHES, WE SHALL FIGHT IN THE COURTS
HOW THE STATE LAW PROVIDING PUBLIC ACCESS TO ALL CALIFORNIA BEACHES MAY HAVE BEEN IN JEOPARDY
A stubborn, selfish man, who I very much doubt even visits the ocean, had the chance recently to forever change the way we view beach access in California—in a very bad way. For what seems like a decade now, Vinod Khosla, an obscenely-wealthy man in Silicon Valley, has fought the California Coastal Act—a 1976 law that forbids the blocking of public access to California beaches, among other things—to keep Martin's Beach, a little strip of land he owns some 30 miles south of San Francisco, private by closing off access in violation of the law.
I've written about the Martin's Beach skirmish for a few years now, and as Khosla's lost court case after court case, it always seemed as though he'd eventually give up, leaving the beach to the public that's enjoyed it for decades.