The battle over Martins Beach may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Billionaire investor Vinod Khosla has asked the court to review a previous California appeals court decision, which ordered him to open a beach access road to the public.
However, the Supreme Court agrees to hear just a small fraction of cases from petitioners.
The Coastal Act of 1972 requires that California beaches be accessible to the public. In 2008, Khosla bought 89 acres surrounding Martins Beach and has attempted since then to limit public access to the beach and to maintain it as private property.