$20 walk-in fee wiped as $40 parking fee remains
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 December, 2014 - In a victory for public access, the owner of Paradise Cove in Malibu has agreed to stop charging a $20 walk-in fee, remove all signs banning surfing and unlock a gate to the beach's pier, the California Coastal Commission and the State Lands Commission announced Thursday.
The resolution, now in effect, ends a dispute with Kissel Co., which operates as Paradise Cove Land Co. Under the agreement, the company may continue charging a $40 parking fee.
The agencies sent letters dated Oct. 31 to the company, contending that it was violating the state Coastal Act and the terms of its state lease for the Paradise Cove pier. The agencies threatened to impose daily fines of $11,250.
"This is a triumph for public access and proof that the threat of fines is a very effective enforcement tool," said Coastal Commission Chairman Steve Kinsey. "We've never seen a violation of this magnitude resolved so quickly. Christmas came early for the coast this year."
Surfers for years have contended that they have been harassed and charged exorbitant fees when they've attempted to enter the water at Paradise Cove. Those who tried to carry their boards across the sand were routinely turned away.