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October 25, 2013 -

Old Law = New Law?

I’ll admit I’ve never done any research on pre-statehood land grants and whether or not they’re subject to later-created California law, which is probably why this article on a judge’s ruling in an access case concerning Martin’s Beach in Half Moon Bay is so interesting to me.

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September 29, 2013 -

Martin’s 5

Found this documentary on the Surfrider Facebook feed providing a full story of the disposition of the surfer arrests at Martin’s Beach mentioned in this post last year.  The video is also posted at The Inertia.

Martin’s 5: Battle for the Beach from The Inertia on Vimeo.

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November 2, 2012 -

Trespassing for Coastal Access

Good article by Jason Hoppin on recent arrests of surfers crossing private property to surf Martin’s Beach in San Mateo County.  Good discussion not just on the facts of the case but the issues of private ownership of traditional and customary access routes to public beaches.

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May 30, 2012 -

Fashion Police

Normally when I think about beach law and wardrobe issues I’m focusing on clothing-optional beaches or thong issues.  On a rare day maybe a discussion of whether speedos are appropriate outside of France.  So it took a minute for this sign on the Pismo Beach Pier to register – I’m sure it’s just the safety issue and not the social travesty of wearing stilettos to the beach, but are there really so many people running up and down the pier in stilettos that even the cost of the sign, much less any time enforcing the edict, are justified?

Flats Only

Flats Only

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April 19, 2012 -

Green and Money

Good article by Todd Woody at Forbes.com on the environmental costs of the surf industry, and the economic considerations for the $7 billion per year surf industry.

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April 8, 2012 -

Vacation Rentals as Coastal Access?

Interesting article in the Santa Maria Times discussing Pismo Beach’s efforts to limit vacation rentals in areas zoned for residential use despite previous Coastal Commission rejection of such efforts as limitations on coastal access.

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March 24, 2012 -

Not Dead Yet

My apologies for the sorry state of this site the last couple of years.  As a native of Huntington Beach (living there 18 years) and resident of San Diego county for the last 11 years, I will always have a bit of seawater running in my blood.  I love the beach and everything to do with it.  The last couple of years have seen changes forced on my practice by economic changes, and a change in my available side-project time resulting from a new commitment to homeownership in San Marcos.  It doesn’t help that most of what I read on coastal access and beach use is also fairly depressing as a result of the ongoing financial pressure on all levels of government here in California, and the distraction of cleaning up a hacker attack on my server that left this and several other sites damaged for a while.

That said, summer is coming.  I have a new Grain Hand Plane that needs some field testing, which damn well better lead to more beach time than I had the last couple of summers.  Expect  at least a resumption of the Visual Law posts in the near future.

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July 12, 2011 -

Beach Use Narrows

Shoreline in Laguna Beach will become a no-fishing area this fall, starting with the implementation of three Marine Protected Areas on October 1, according to the L.A. Times.

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January 25, 2011 -

New Resource: Beachapedia

A new resource for coastal access and use issues is Beachapedia, a wiki on coastal issues put together by Surfrider Foundation activists, scientists and staff.

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November 18, 2010 -

Curfews Being Challenged

Curfews and closures have become more popular with local governments recently.  One example was the overnight closure of beaches in Dana Point cited here back in February.

According to an L.A. Times article, the coastal commission is finally moving to fight against these restrictions on beach access.  Good article by Tony Barboza that highlights not only the direct issues, but the confusing patchwork or regulations and ordinances governing access times on various beaches and access points.

Inconsistent regulation of access is nothing new: flashback to this 2006 post from San Diego’s Pacific Beach.

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Tuesday a.m., June 20, 2006: Braving the High Surf Advisory south of the Ocean Beach Pier.

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Interesting Sites

Beachapedia.org Beachapedia
Cal. Coastal Commission Like them or not, they are one of the biggest players around when it comes to coastal access in California.
Howling Point Your moderator’s personal site. He does have a life outside of this, as shown by the occasional gaps in posting.
Surfrider Foundation Activities and campaigns for clean water, beach access, beach preservation and protecting special places.



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