HALF MOON BAY (CBS SF) – The years-long fight over access to a San Mateo County beach next to land owned by a Silicon Valley billionaire is back on.
An appeals court has ruled in favor of Vinod Khosla, who owns the property adjacent to Martins Beach south of Half Moon Bay.READ MORE: Arrest Made In San Francisco Cliff House Burglary; Memorabilia Recovered
For nearly a decade, Khosla argued that he owns the only access road, and padlocked the gate, cutting off the public. Environmental groups took legal action to get the road reopened. Khosla had appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the court decided not to hear his case late last year.READ MORE: Multiple Agencies Ramp Up Search For Rogue Coyote That Bit 5 Lamorinda Victims
On Monday, an appeals court ruled that the groups’ argument doesn’t stand, since previous owners were charging a parking fee, implying permitted use, not public use.MORE NEWS: Warriors Use Late Run To Pull Away From Pacers
The ruling strengthens Khosla’s position, if he obtains a permit to restrict access.