News Conference Friday on San Mateo County Coast: State Budgets Millions for Tunitas Creek and Martins Beaches

June 27, 2018

Media Advisory – Office of State Senator Jerry Hill
News Conference: 10:30 AM, Friday, June 29, 2018, Tunitas Creek Trailhead, San Mateo County

Senator Jerry Hill, Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin, Assemblymember Marc Berman and San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley Announce $5 Million in State Funds to Create County Park at Tunitas Creek Beach and Up to $1 Million for Martins Beach Right-of-Way

News Conference Showcases Scenic San Mateo County Coast

SAN MATEO COUNTY – State Senator Jerry Hill, Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin, Assemblymember Marc Berman, and San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley will hold a news conference to hail the state’s allocation of long-sought funding for creation of a county park at Tunitas Creek Beach and to help establish a public right-of-way to Martins Beach. The state budget signed by Governor Brown on Wednesday sets aside the funds for the two coastal treasures.

WHAT: News Conference

WHEN: 10:30 AM, Friday, June 29, 2018

WHERE: Tunitas Creek Trailhead at the County’s Emergency Access Road
20167 Cabrillo Highway South

The turnoff to the news conference site is 0.4 miles south of the intersection of Tunitas Creek Road and Highway 1

VISUALS: Media will have a view of the beach and the future park from the trailhead. Note: There is no electricity at the site.

SPEAKERS: In addition to Senator Hill, Assemblymembers Mullin and Berman and Supervisor Horsley, representatives for the San Mateo County Park Department, the Surfrider Foundation and Peninsula Open Space Trust will speak about the collaborative efforts that are making the park at Tunitas Creek Beach a reality and powering the movement to restore public access to Martins Beach. Speakers will also discuss next steps for both beaches.


Provisions in the 2018-2019 state budget set aside funds to protect and improve coastal access at two scenic gems just south of Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County. The allocations cap long efforts by state lawmakers with strong support from San Mateo County and open space, preservation and coastal advocates who have been working to secure access to the treasured beaches.

Tunitas Creek Beach

Under the new state budget, $5 million in General Fund money will be administered by the Coastal Conservancy for local grants to San Mateo County and its project partner, the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), to create Tunitas Creek Beach County Park. Initial funding will be used primarily to enable access to the beach, including emergency access for first responders, to build beach facilities and to restore the environment. In November 2017, POST acquired the 58 acres of Tunitas Creek Beach to preserve and rehabilitate the popular gathering place that was accessible only by a steep, eroded trail or by trodding across the environmentally sensitive Tunitas Creek corridor. In addition to the $5 million land acquisition, POST launched a multimillion-dollar community campaign to fund the park project. San Mateo County has indicated a willingness to fund operation and maintenance of the park.

Martins Beach

The state budget also creates the Martins Beach Subaccount within the State Lands Commission’s Kapiloff Land Bank Fund and authorizes the fund to transfer as much as $1 million to the new subaccount, which can accept public and private donations to create public access to, and along the shoreline of, Martins Beach. Money in the subaccount can be used to acquire a public right-of-way or easement and for costs associated with acquisition, including environmental studies, analyses and assessments, associated improvements and maintenance costs. San Mateo County has indicated a willingness to provide matching funds to the subaccount in order to restore public access to Martins Beach.

Media Contacts:
For Senator Hill, Leslie Guevarra, 415-298-3404,
For Assemblymember Mullin, Susan Kennedy, 925-437-2510,
For Assemblymember Berman, Kaitlin Curry, 916-319-2024,
For Supervisor Horsley, Chris Hunter, 650-599-1024,
For Peninsula Open Space Trust, Polly Ikonen at Landis Communications, 415-359-2315,
For Surfrider Foundation, Sarah Damron, 831-239-1520,