This comment examines the conflict between the public's need for recreational access to the coast and the private littoral-owner's right to preserve and to protect his property. The author begins by discussing the California Coastal Act of 1976 and its effectiveness in protecting and in enhancing the public's rights in the coastline. The author then examines alternative methods of protecting the public's right to the coastline. Next the author examines judicial remedies of implied dedication and custom follows. The author concludes that the Coast Act might provide the last opportunity to preserve the public's rights to enjoy California's coastline, but in order to work, attitudes must change so that coast land is viewed as a limited resource rather than a mere commodity.
Richard H. Zimmerman,
Public Beaches: A Reevaluation,
San Diego L. Rev.
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