Anti-surfing billionaire challenges orders of the court

December 18, 2014 | Environment
Martin's Beach: owned by the people of the United States | Photo: Marcin Wichary/Creative Commons

Vinod Khosla is defying the laws of the United States. Despite being forced to open the gate blocking access to Martin's Beach, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems keeps the door locked.

In the early days of December, Judge Barbara Mallach ordered venture capitalist Khosla to open the gates to Martin's Beach, after four years of blocked access.

"That gate across Martins Beach Road must be unlocked and open to the same extent that it was unlocked and open at the time defendants purchased the property [2008]," Barbara Mallach wrote.

Vinod Khosla bought the estate for 32.5 million dollars. Since then, surfers and beachgoers were forced to climb over to get to the beach and the waves. In 2013, Surfrider filed a lawsuit against the billionaire, citing the California Coastal Act of 1976.

The Indian-born capitalist is currently disobeying a court of law. Restoring public access to Martin's Beach has been decided, but Khosla is failing to understand the scope of judicial power.

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