Thursday, January 8, 2015

Martin's Beach Reopened...?

As 2014 came to a close and 2015 began anew, visitors old and new were delighted to find the gate to Martin's Beach Rd. periodically opened!  The gate was open several days between December 21st and January 7th.  Folks have been documenting their visits on the Friends of Martin's Beach Facebook page.

Most reported being charged a $10 per car fee to park.

While an open gate is welcomed action after years of closure, many worry that this is just a temporary ploy to appease the court while the Khosla camp continues to seek more palatable legal determinations in their favor.  This concern appears consistent with the filing of a Notice of Intent to Move for a New Trial, filed December 16 and reported on here

As this was not at all a surprise, on January 14, the Surfrider Foundation's legal firm, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, filed this opposition brief. The image to the left, which shows when the gates have been opened and closed since the Final Ruling came out, is at the end of the brief.

A Surfrider Foundation volunteer is also tracking people's visits to Martin's Beach. You can see the latest on this Facebook page.

Concurrently, while action from the court is awaited, the State Lands Commission has begun to prepare a letter to be sent to Khosla to commence the negotiation process outlined by SB 968 (Hill), which was signed into law last year and currently effective.

If Khosla responds affirmatively, it could commence a year-long process of negotiation by the state agency, which would involve public input.  If not, the Commission will have the discretion to take action into its own hands and consider eminent domain proceedings to establish a state-owned access way to and along Martin's Beach.


  1. Went with my buddy yesterday to check the waves and some guy in a pickup truck along the road down to the beach said he was going to call the sheriff on us for trespassing. We wen't down anyway and no sheriff ever came. We told the guy in the pickup truck we heard about the surfrider case and that we weren't trespassing. He responded with "The court said to go back to how we used to do things and this is how we used to do things." I'm not sure what that means.