Legislature wades into Martins Beach access fight

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Updated: 8/20 10:41 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers have passed a bill requiring a state agency to negotiate public access to a secluded beach south of Half Moon Bay that requires going through a billionaire's private waterfront property.

The public had access to Martins Beach for decades through a private access road, but it was closed after Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla bought the secluded cove in 2008 for $32.5 million.

SB968 by Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo orders the State Lands Commission to ensure public access. It narrowly passed the Assembly Wednesday on a 41-24 vote, returning it to the Senate.

A judge is considering the issue in a lawsuit filed by the Surfrider Foundation.

Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of Twin Peaks said lawmakers should wait until the court case is resolved.

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