California regulators weigh public access to gated beach

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The California Coastal Commission will decide whether access to a secluded beach can be restricted by a 9-foot iron fence, a locking gate with a $100 annual key fee and a gate attendant.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the commission will vote Thursday on whether the resident-run program that has regulated access to Privates Beach south of San Jose for more than 50 years can continue.

Santa Cruz County regulators first allowed residents of a winding road dotted with multimillion-dollar homes near the beach to install the gate and issued keys controlling access to it in 1963.

But the commission now will take into account a new state law that asks it to consider not only environmental effects but also the impact on underrepresented communities.

A state official has argued that the area has become a private beach club.

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