The effort to open Martins Beach to everyone will heat up Saturday, when a protest is planned over a property owner's decision to lock the gate on access.
The California Coastal Commission requires public access of beaches where possible, but also protects the rights of property owners.
According to a report this week in the San Jose Mercury News, the property owner who closed off access to Martins Beach, Vinod Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems and a green venture capitalist, did so only when backed into a corner by San Mateo County which wanted Khosla to cut the charge for access to a fraction of what the previous owner received.
Beach access costs Khosla money in the form of liability insurance, road maintenance, and personnel.
The effort to open the beach is being led by the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
The protest gets underway at noon.
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