Beachfront Residences Can't Extend Yards Onto Public Beaches, CA Coastal Commission Decides

"It's like squatting by the rich," said one commissioner.

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July 12, 2019, 1:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"Some 55 Newport Beach homeowners who’ve extended their yards as much as 80 feet onto the public beach must return those areas to their natural state," reports Martin Wisckol.

A unanimous decision by the California Coastal Commission came as the result of the city of Newport Beach asking the state to intervene after years of unpermitted encroachment by the private property owners onto the public beach. "Those encroachments include lawns, shrubs, ground cover and lawn furniture, and the city’s proposal would have also allowed patios and seawalls," according to Wisckol.

"The commission agreed with its staff that the intrusions served as privatization of public beach…and was counter to the commission’s mission of ensuring public beach access," explains Wisckol.

The beach, known as Peninsula Point, is located just to the west of one of Southern California's most famous surfing locations—The Wedge.

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