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Lawsuit Filing by California State Lands Commission and the California Coastal Commission VS Martins Beach 1, LLC and Martins Beach 2, LLC.CA_ag_lawsuit_martins_beach_010620 (1)
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Access to the stretch of coastline south of Half Moon Bay has been a point of contention for about a decade. The state contends that Martin’s Beach historically has been used a public beach since at least the early 1990s. Locals recall using the beach for decades earlier than that. The Coastal Commission says it has written accounts, photographs, personal journal entries and news articles that reportedly prove the beach has been available to the public for generations.
U.S. Supreme Court declines to take Martins Beach case — a win for California’s landmark coastal access law
“The most conservative and divided Supreme Court in my lifetime confirmed that even a billionaire, who refuses to acknowledge that the law applies to him, and retains the most expensive attorneys he can find, cannot create a private beach,” said Joseph Cotchett, lead attorney for the Surfrider Foundation, which sued Khosla. “Beaches are public in California, and the immensely wealthy must comply with the Coastal Act just like everyone else.” ~ LA Times
“Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the Martins Beach case, which means the beach near Half Moon Bay will stay open to the public for at least the time being, there remains one question: Who was the Martin in Martins Beach?” ~ San Mateo’s The Daily Journal
“The agencies contend that generations of families who used the beach and the road leading to it before Khosla’s ownership guaranteed an irrevocable public right of access under long-established legal precedent that he cannot revoke.” ~ The Mercury News