Supreme Court won’t hear case over California beach access

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is refusing to hear an appeal from a California billionaire who doesn’t want to open a road on his property so that the public can access a beach.

The justices say that they will not take up Vinod Khosla’s (vih-NODE’ COH’-slaz) appeal of a California appeals court decision.

The case had the potential to upend California’s longstanding efforts to keep beaches open to the public.

Khosla bought the property in the San Francisco Bay Area for $32.5 million in 2008 and later blocked the public from accessing it. That prompted a lawsuit by the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation.

A state appeals court ruled last year that Khosla needed to apply for a coastal development permit before denying public access.

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