Numerous wealthy investors share a dream to purchase popular beaches and shut them down to the public. However, one law case might put an end to this practice from now on. Vinod Khosla is one of these rich landowners. Nonetheless, the court decided this week that he doesn’t have the authority to turn enthusiasts away from a world renowned public beach. Therefore, the landowner is compelled to open the doors again.
Vinod Khosla Continued to Keep the Public Beach Closed for 7 Years
On Thursday, an appeal court issued a final ruling for Vinod Khosla. The Silicon Valley billionaire is the head of the venture capital firm Khosla Ventures and the creator of tech company Sun Microsystems. The law now obliges him to grant access again to Martins Beach in northern California. The public attraction is right by his own property.
The public beach was a hot location for fishing practices, but also other recreational activities such as surfing. It has a large history of serving the public for almost a century. The former owners put at the disposal of beach goers a public restroom and a general store. However, in 2010 the ownership switched sides with Khosla. Since then, there appeared sign warnings against trespassing, and the access was closed to the public for seven years now.
Khosla’s Case Can Serve as an Example for Other Wealthy Landowners
Khosla doesn’t live on this property. He had to deal throughout the years with multiple legislative actions whose sole purpose was to make him open the doors to the public. The Californian law clearly states that all beaches must be able to receive anyone until the “mean high tide line.”
The plaintiff of this final case was a non-profit organization, Surfrider Foundation. The winner of the lawsuit stated that this case could be only the beginning of turning the entire beaches of the U.S. into public locations.
Khosla’s case has reached higher implications than just a simple lawsuit. It is a representative event that answers to the question whether money has really gained so much power or not.
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