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Once More Unto the Beach

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A San Mateo County judge ruled today that billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla must allow public access to Martins Beach. After plunking down $32.5 million for his beachfront spread in 2008, Khosla closed the only public access gate to the (still very much public) waterfront in 2011. The judge found that Khosla violated the California Coastal Act—a 1976 law prohibiting homes and developments from blocking beach access—when he did not secure a Coastal Development Permit before closing the gate. [SFGate]