Martin's Beach is a picturesque pocket beach just south of Half Moon Bay. It had long been visited by the public until soon after it was sold in 2008 to a then-anonymous owner for $32.5 million. Not long after the property changed hands, the billboard was painted over and a keycard gate was closed permanently to the public.
Our coastlines are under siege from the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels and more powerful storms are shrinking our beaches and diminishing the public’s ability to enjoy these special places. Pollution from fossil fuels is altering ocean chemistry and threatening marine life and whole ecosystems.
Surfrider represents coastal recreation users in ocean planning efforts in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Washington State. Our goal is to protect outstanding ocean and coastal places before they become threatened by development.
We are witnessing the largest assault on our ocean in American history. The Trump Administration plans to open the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic to new offshore oil drilling — a dirty and destructive business that will harm our ocean and coastal communities. New drilling includes deafening seismic blasts during oil exploration that will harm and even kill innocent marine wildlife like whales and dolphins.
Protect clean water and the health of beachgoers with proper implementation of the Clean Water Act and adequate funding for the EPA