Friday, October 25, 2013

Martin's Beach private property rights prevail until the appeal

Martin's Beach win for private property rights
Win for people not mucking up the environment

Half Moon Bay Review/Mark Noack, 10/24/13.  "Judge rules against public access for Martin's Beach."

The billionaire owners of Martin’s Beach are within their rights to bar the public from accessing the shoreline, according to a ruling announced Thursday morning by a San Mateo County Superior Court judge.  

The decision by Judge Gerald Buchwald indicated that private-property rights ultimately trumped arguments that the public was entitled to access the beach under the state constitution.

It was the first full-fledged judicial analysis of the coastal-access questions centered on the beach. For months, dozens of visitors have been hopping a locked gate at the entrance to Martin’s Beach, and San Mateo County law enforcement officials say it was unclear whether the act constituted trespassing.    Read article.

Related - Fix Pacifica Martin's Beach reprint articles, "Search this blog".    Note:  photograph from Half Moon Bay Review,  file, 7/26/12.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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