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California Coastal Commission Orders Martins Beach Reopened



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    Martin’s Beach, just south of Half Moon Bay, has long been popular with families and surfers. Inset: Khosla,

    California's coastal regulator is threatening to fine a billionaire investor millions of dollars for ignoring a court order to open a popular beach to the public.

    A San Francisco appeals court ruled in August that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla broke state law when he blocked the public from Martins Beach, south of Half Moon Bay. He bought a $32.5 million beachfront property there in 2008 about 30 miles south of San Francisco.

    On Tuesday, the California Coastal Commission released a cease-and-desist letter ordering Khosla to remove a locked gate and signs warning of no trespassing and beach closed. It also seeks to ban further development without a permit.

    An attorney for Khosla, Dori Yob Kilmer, declined to respond to the letter.

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