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Coastal Blog — Beach Access

New Texas Open Beaches Act Amendment Explained

July 25 2013

New Texas Open Beaches Act Amendment Explained

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The Texas Legislature recently passed H.B. 3459, which the governor signed into law June 14, 2013. The new law amends the Texas Open Beaches Act, which means it will have an effect on public beach access. However, because the law grants a significant amount of decision-making authority to the General…

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Long Fought Beach Access Battle at Strands Advances with Appellate Court Ruling

June 20 2013

Long Fought Beach Access Battle at Strands Advances with Appellate Court Ruling

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Surfrider Foundation received a positive ruling from the California Appellate Court this week when it ruled in favor of California Coastal Commission control over beach access right at Strands Beach in Dana Point. Surfrider won our case against the City of Dana Point in 2011 at the trial court when…

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California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

April 08 2013

California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

Beach Access Blue Water Task Force Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is one of California’s most important laws—not only because it helps protect our environment and “quality of life”, but CEQA also promotes democratic participation in the decision-making process—giving citizens a say in what happens in their local communities. Unfortunately over the past few years,…

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Surfrider Foundation Sues to Open Martin’s Beach to the Public

March 13 2013

Surfrider Foundation Sues to Open Martin’s Beach to the Public

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Martin's Beach in Half Moon Bay, California, is a beautiful stretch of sandy beach that has been enjoyed by locals and visitors for generations. However, locked gates and signs were erected at the entrance to the beach road several years ago. After over two years of outreach and advocacy, the…

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Surfrider Overcomes Big Challenge to Access on the Big Island!

January 22 2013

Surfrider Overcomes Big Challenge to Access on the Big Island!

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In Hawaii, Surfrider Foundation’s Hilo Chapter has fought for over the past two years to open up trail access to Papaikou Mill Beach, one of the few sandy beaches on the East side of the Big Island. Known as a popular surfing, fishing and recreational spot, the beach is also…

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Flyspecking Preservation Efforts: a case on off-road recreational access v. preservation

November 07 2012

Flyspecking Preservation Efforts: a case on off-road recreational access v. preservation

Beach Access Legal

Surfrider Foundation has long worked to secure low-impact beach access for all people. Our work in realizing this goal has not gone without recognizing the omnipresent balance between beach access and the ecological integrity of our beaches. This balance is often implicated in beach driving. The Southern Four Wheel Drive…

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Another Victory for Beach Access in Maine!

October 21 2012

Another Victory for Beach Access in Maine!

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Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport, Maine will be kept open to the public per a ruling by the State of Maine Superior Court on October 16, 2012.

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Beach Driving: Part 2

August 13 2012

Beach Driving: Part 2

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Beach driving not only involves ecological considerations; it also involves beach access and freedom to enjoy coastal resources. This blog explores how beach driving has shaped the law and, in turn, how the law has responded to beach driving.

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Beach Driving: Part 1

August 03 2012

Beach Driving: Part 1

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This is part 1 of a 3-part blog series that explores issues related to beach driving through several case studies as well as by highlighting impacts that can occur even in places that do not allow public beach driving.

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5th Circuit Denies Amicus Brief in Beach Access Case

June 29 2012

5th Circuit Denies Amicus Brief in Beach Access Case

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In a curt and unreasoned statement, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the application of Harris County, Texas, to file an amicus brief in support of rehearing of the Severance v. Patterson case. This recent case denied the State of Texas interpretation of the Texas Open Beaches Act to…

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Texas Open Beaches Act Takes a Hit

May 31 2012

Texas Open Beaches Act Takes a Hit

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On March 30, 2012, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of private property rights over the public beach access rights of the people of Texas. Surfrider Foundation Texas Chapters have pledged to resurge support to strengthen the state's beach access law.

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Surfing Access in Chicago

January 27 2012

Surfing Access in Chicago

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By now much of the surfing world has heard the story about Rex Flodstrom getting arresting for surfing in Lake Michigan at Oak Beach in Chicago. The story of his arrest and the outrage that surfing is illegal that ensued, including the likes of Kelly Slater, was heavily covered in…

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Maine High Court Ruling –  Scuba Diving: 6, Exclusive Intertidal Zone: 0

August 25 2011

Maine High Court Ruling –  Scuba Diving: 6, Exclusive Intertidal Zone: 0

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Six Maine Justices Rule for an Expansive Interpretation of Public Trust Activities Today, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of beach access rights with the McGarvey v. Whittredge decision regarding the public access of recreationalists like scuba divers through the intertidal zone in Maine.

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California Dreaming.  Parks of the Sea and Land…

August 10 2011

California Dreaming.  Parks of the Sea and Land…

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People come to California for many reasons. One of the main attractions to our state is its natural beauty—on both land and in the water. According to a recent study, California receives nearly $52 billion dollars a year in “leisure and hospitality.” Much of that leisure and hospitality takes place…

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California’s Coastal Parks in Peril

June 21 2011

California’s Coastal Parks in Peril

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For about three years, the state of California has delicately danced around the idea of closing state parks in order to "close the budget gap." While California is the 8th largest economy in the world, its budget demands often require brutal cutbacks. Unfortunately the ax fell on May 13 when…

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Tearing Down Walls: Beach Access Litigation Victory at Dana Point Strands Beach

June 08 2011

Tearing Down Walls: Beach Access Litigation Victory at Dana Point Strands Beach

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Surfrider Foundation vindicated public beach access rights in San Diego Superior Court, receiving a favorable ruling from Judge Joan Lewis this week. The ruling held that the "urgency ordinance" of the City of Dana Point declaring a public nuisance state to restrict beach access hours and lock gates to a…

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USACE Erects Cable to Restrict Vehicle Access on the South Jetty in Newport, OR

May 02 2011

USACE Erects Cable to Restrict Vehicle Access on the South Jetty in Newport, OR

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USACE installs cable gate at popular beach access point in Newport Oregon.

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November 08 2010

Texas Open Beaches - The TX Supreme Court Refuses to ‘Roll with It’ in West Beach, Galveston

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September 30 2010

Struggling to reach the Sand at the Strand

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August 26 2010

Just Because It’s Old Doesn’t Make It Right

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