July 10 2015
San Mateo, Calif., July 8, 2015—The Surfrider Foundation (surfrider.org) will be hosting a public workshop to solicit input from the beach-going community about restoring public access to Martin’s Beach. The workshop will be held on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Pacifica Community Center (540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica) from 6pm to 9pm.
At the workshop, public input will help inform negotiations between the California State Lands Commission and property owner, Vinod Khosla, to reach an agreement to restore public access to Martin’s Beach, as required by California Senate Bill 968, signed into law last year. The legislation was a result of Khosla obstructing public access since 2009 despite Californians using the beach for generations.
Recently, news media reported an “opening” of Martin’s Beach for the summer. The Surfrider Foundation does not view the seasonal and selective opening of the gate to constitute compliance with San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Barbara J. Mallach’s order to restore public access; nor does the Foundation feel that this move is necessarily indicative of long-term access restoration.
“We want long-term protection of public access which can be accomplished by successful negotiations and a binding agreement. The public deserves this commitment and clarity—especially considering families have been visiting this beach for nearly a century,” said Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, California Policy Manager for the Surfrider Foundation. “This workshop allows the public to voice their opinions and be active participants in restoring access to their beach.”
The workshop will consist of updates to restore access to Martin’s Beach and roundtable discussions of various aspects of access such as hours and days of operation, accessibility, allowable uses, and access fees. Participating members of the public will be asked to write down and submit their opinions on these subjects. Representatives from both the State Lands Commission and Coastal Commission will be present at the workshop and provide updates to the public on their agencies’ roles in restoring public access.
For more information on the public workshop, please visit http://www.surfrider.org/martinsbeach.
For more information on the campaign, including a timeline, please visit http://martinsbeach.blogspot.com.
About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit www.surfrider.org.