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Open Martin's Beach

Half Moon Bay, CA

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Martin's Beach is a picturesque pocket beach just south of Half Moon Bay. It had long been visited by the public until soon after it was sold in 2008 to a then-anonymous owner for $32.5 million. Not long after the property changed hands, the billboard was painted over and a keycard gate was closed permanently to the public.  The chances for future generations to make memories at Martin's Beach were brought to an abrupt halt when the locked gates and signs were erected at the entrance to the beach road.  Surfrider Foundation cites the violations of the beach access protections of the California Coastal Act.  Specifically, the property owner cannot add new development or change the intensity of use of coastal land without a Coastal Development Permit.  The development here comes in the form of new gates, new signage and even the use of armed guards to deter public access. Surfrider Foundation cites the violations of the beach access protections of the California Coastal Act.  Specifically, the property owner c

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Jul 19th, 2018
Surfrider Foundation
Posted suggestion on Dec 6th, 2017
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Khosla’s conduct of prohibiting access to Martins Beach constitutes development under plain terms of the California Coastal Act, which Coastal Act requires that everyone who engages in development along the coast obtain a Coastal Development Permit. Khosla must stop preventing the public from accessing and using the water, beach, and coast at Martins Beach until resolution of a Coastal Development Permit application, and the gate across Martins Beach Road must be kept unlocked and open to the same extent that it was unlocked and open at the time Khosla purchased the property.

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