Unlawful fees and locks be damned, surfers fought the good fight against Paradise Cove in Malibu and won. These public access fights are beginning to invoke that Robin Hood shtick: take from the rich and give to the poor (or, in the case of Malibu, the not so rich). Except the rich in this case didn’t have the support of the sheriff and it was legal action (not bow-point thievery) that led to the victory. According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, referencing an announcement issued by the California Coastal Commission and the State Lands Commission, the owner of the shishi Beach Cafe agreed “to stop charging a $20 walk-in fee [which was not legal to begin with], remove all signs banning surfing and unlock a gate to the beach’s pier.”
Apparently the agencies (commission mentioned above) threatened to impose daily fines in the neighborhood of $11,250… that’d make me change my stripes as well. This proposed fine stems from a bill authored by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, which grants the authority to levy fines in these sorts of situations.