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By Jim Wiebe | Broker in Malibu, CA

Malibu Beach Access

    A big controversial issue in Malibu California is Malibu Beach access. There are very heated positions on both sides of the Malibu Beach Access controversy. Homeowners want privacy and security. Surfers want less surfers in the waves and don't want to deal with inexperienced surfers in the water where someone could easily get hurt without the practice it take to be able to control your surf equipment, surf boards, SUP boards, kayaks and any water gear that could conceivably hurt someone or children playing in the waves.

    Over the years many Malibu beach access stairways, Malibu Beach access trails, Malibu beach access walkways, malibu beach access parking lots have been built. Most at the utterances and direction of the California Coastal Commission. I would say that for every Malibu Beach access that exists there has been a political fight of some magnitude. Even though the locals and homeowners have fought very hard to keep access to a minimum there are Malibu Beach access points on almost every beach in Malibu and for most of California for that matter.

    There are a few beaches that are very difficult to gain access to if your are not a resident. For an example Paradise Cove Beach is a beautiful sandy beach with a private parking lot far from any Malibu beach access points. You can walk in from the south but it is over a mile in the sand and not for the faint hearted. You can pay to park in the parking lot. Most days it is $25.00 a day and July 4th it is double. It is so beautiful and serene here that the parking lot normally gets filled up by noon and guests need to park up on top of a hill and walk down to the beach about 1/4 mile.

    This is one beach that is very territorial when it comes to bringing surf gear and hoping to surf the un-crowded reefs that break so perfectly. You are not allowed to bring surf boards into the parking lot and not allowed to bring them onto the beach. The waves here are strictly reserved for residents of Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park and all the locked stairways that service the Malibu Riviera 1, 2 and 3, areas of Point Dume, Malibu. 

    At  the far west end of the Riviera is the famous Point Dume. It is a California State Park and wildlife refuge. There are Malibu beach access stairway from the blufftop to the sand. It is extremely beautiful and natural. It is untouched by development. Parking is on the street except for a few parking spots right at the park that have a 2 hour limit with high parking fines if not adheard to. The surf here at Big Dume on a south swell is world class and not for the beginners.

    Because these kinds of situation exist is one of the reason there is so much heated controversy. Everyone knows that the beaches and the ocean are part of the state of California. As a resident it is everyone's right to use the beaches for enjoyment and recreation. So now homeowners and special interests want to keep it for themselves. From residents point of view, they paid a large premium to buy homes in an isolated area so that they can enjoy some isolation. You can see why it is a source of argument.

    This standoff has been going on since the beginning of Malibu when  the original owners of the ranch that covered the entire area kept other out at gunpoint. They kept out the roads, county and state and built their own Railroad to keep the Southern Pacific off their property. They demanded no Malibu Beach Access. They fought all Malibu beach access in court and for nearly 20 years were successful in all court battles. Eventually the County condemned a right of way and was able to put in a road around 1921. The State followed up with the Roosevelt Highway completed in about 1929. These are the corresponding dates when Malibu Beach access began and it has not stopped. The fight has also not stopped.

I would like to hear you opinions on this subject as it affects all Californians.

Jim We Be Cool Wiebe CyBer REALTOR®, ePRO®,eSignatures, eNotary, eRecording, eEscrows, green buyer specialist, docent/historian  Malibu Lagoon Museum & Adamson House
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