Martin's Beach: nobody owns the beach | Photo: Surfrider

The Superior Court of California has decided that billionaire and venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla, must require authorization for blocking access to Martin's Beach.

The Surfrider Foundation is celebrating a very significant victory in the battle against the man who wants to block public access to Martin's Beach, in San Mateo. Khosla has been also forced to begin a public process to consider the changes to the property and beach access.

"Today's court decision upholding the Coastal Act is an important victory for Martin's Beach and ultimately strengthens the publics right to beach access in California," says Angela Howe, Legal Director for the Surfrider Foundation.

"The Surfrider Foundation remains vigilant to protect beach access rights, not only in this case, but also in other cases where the beach is wrongfully cut off from the public." Nevertheless, the war is not yet over, and Khosla is believed to appeal.

The legal battle started in 2010 when Vinod violated the California Coastal Act by, without authorization, closing the only public access road to Martin's Beach and posting signage to deter visitors.

Nobody owns the beach. Support Surfrider and stand up for your right to access your beach today, tomorrow and for years to come.