California: Ocean Still Belongs to EveryoneBy Steve Casimiro on February 8th, 2013
If you’ve ever driven down Highway 1 from SFO toward Monterey, you’ve driven by Half Moon Bay. And past Martin’s Beach, which is just south of Half Moon and doesn’t belong to anyone named Martin, or to Sun Microsystems founder Vinod Khosla, even though he posted signs on his property closing the road to Martin’s Beach. In 2012 five San Mateo County surfers crossed Khosla’s land to access the public beach. They were cited by the sheriff and fought the case and yesterday the county court threw out the charge of trespassing against the surfers, saying that everyone has the right to the ocean, to surf, fish, walk the beach, or build sand castles. It’s a California state law that protects this right, and the Surfrider Foundation says it demonstrates that, not just in California, but in the United States as a whole the ocean and the beach that buffers it is a natural resource owned by all Americans. At least for the moment, that’s true in California. Via Marin Independent Journal.
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