State Senator Jerry Hill Joins Surfrider Members and Their Attorneys at Martins Beach to Hail U.S. Supreme Court’s Rejection of Billionaire’s Bid for an Appeal

October 01, 2018

From the Office of State Senator Jerry Hill – September 30, 2018
Media Contact: Leslie Guevarra, 415-298-3404, leslie.guevarra@sen.ca.gov

State Senator Jerry Hill Joins Surfrider Members and Their Attorneys at Martins Beach to Hail U.S. Supreme Court’s Rejection of Billionaire’s Bid for an Appeal

WHAT: State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, members of the Surfrider Foundation and their attorneys hold a news conference on a key victory in the fight to restore public access to Martins Beach: The U.S. Supreme Court this morning declined to hear the case of the Silicon Valley billionaire who wants to keep Martins Beach to himself.

WHEN: 12:30 PM, Today, October 1, 2018

WHERE: Martins Beach at Martins Beach Road and Cabrillo Highway South [The location on Highway 1 is about 6 miles south of Half Moon Bay]

BACKGROUND: Capping almost a decade of legal battles, the U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear an appeal from the Silicon Valley billionaire who purchased Martins Beach and then cut off public access to the coastal treasure in San Mateo County.

The Surfrider Foundation sued and despite its series of court victories, the billionaire continued to press his case. Rejection of his attempt to appeal to the country’s highest court clears the way for the state to resume its work to gain a public right-of-way to Martins Beach.

This summer, the state’s 2018-19 budget created the Martins Beach Subaccount within the State Lands Commission’s Kapiloff Land Bank Fund in order to facilitate acquisition of a right-of-way. At the same time, the state authorized 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 Martins Beach and along its shoreline. 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, 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.

More Media Resources:

Lee Houskeeper, (415) 777-4700, Cell: (415) 654-9141, NewsService@aol.com 

Legal Contacts:

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy

Joe Cotchett, Attorney at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, 650-245-8040, pomalley@cpmlegal.com

Eric Buescher, Attorney at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, 720-560-6295, ebuescher@cpmlegal.com

Surfrider Foundation

Angela Howe, Legal Director of Surfrider Foundation, 510-541-0677, ahowe@surfrider.org

Jennifer Savage, California Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation, 707-267-8458, jsavage@surfrider.org

Media Inquiries, Surfrider Foundation, 949-732-6420, media@surfrider.org

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