A San Mateo County Superior Court judge ruled today in favor of the Surfrider Foundation, the plaintiff in the protracted legal fight over access to Martins Beach, just south of Half Moon Bay.
Judge Barbara Mallach ruled that development companies representing Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla have been violating the California Coastal Act by closing the gate on public access to the beach.
Martins Beach has been a a popular surfing spot and hangout for decades. Venture capitalist Khosla bought the beach property, including the road, in 2008 and closed it to the public. He reportedly intends to build a residence on the land, which is now occupied by about 45 beach cottages.
The Surfrider Foundation sued Martins Beach LLC, claiming owner Khosla needed a coastal development permit, which was never sought.