(Half Moon Bay Review) Lawyers and coastal advocates are still trying to figure out the ramifications of last month’s ruling on Martin’s Beach, and whether the case could reconfigure the rules for California beach access.
In October, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Gerald Buchwald determined that Martin’s Beach owner Vinod Khosla was within his rights to bar the public from accessing the shoreline. The story of Khosla, a billionaire venture capitalist, trying to block the public from the beach drew national media attention to the small, secluded coastline south of Half Moon Bay.
But the judge’s decision raised particular concern for legal experts who worry where the case goes from here. Plaintiff attorney Gary Redenbacher indicated he would appeal the judge’s decision. That would bring the case to an appellate court, a venue that could set binding precedent for coastal rules throughout the state.
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