It is no secret that accessing beaches in Malibu can be tricky for the general public. In fact, owners of oceanfront property often put up fake “No Parking” signs and otherwise take steps to keep the public away, including obstructing the path to the ocean or even hiring private security guards to keep people away. The small, gated community of Malibu Colony, however, seems to have taken a different approach as it installed a new stairway to provide public access to a beach in Malibu.
Taking a Friendlier Approach to Public Beach Access
Despite the fact that Malibu Colony has many celebrities and super wealthy individuals as residents, the community has taken a much friendlier approach than other Malibu communities. Following a battle that took place over a period of nearly two decades, Malibu Colony Beach can now be accessed from a 30-foot staircase located at 24039 Malibu Road. Malibu Colony Beach is just up the coast of Malibu Lagoon State Park, with the stairway being a half-mile west of Webb Way.
Not only is Malibu Colony Beach a great place to take in the views, enjoy a picnic or take a walk, but there are also a few parking spots located at the top of the staircase. Other than these few spots, anyone who is interested in accessing the beach via the staircase will have to either walk or find street parking. Furthermore, there are no public restrooms available in the area and barbecuing is not allowed.
Maintaining Public Access to Beaches
According to the California Coastal Conservation Initiative, which is a law that was passed in the 1970s, most of California’s coast must offer public access. Nonetheless, residents living in the most exclusive parts of the coast have found ways to keep the public at bay. Furthermore, attempts at opening up public access to these beaches have been met with much resistance. Therefore, in order to make the staircase possible, the California State Coastal Conservancy had to battle a few lawsuits while also adjudicating the legal ownership of the property.
Access to Carbon Beach, also known as Billionaire’s Beach, required a long battle with a homeowner who was blocking the area where the path was meant to go. This particular battle dates back to the 1980s, at which time the homeowner was trying to obtain permits to construct a beachfront mansion designed by Richard Meier. Meier is best known for being the architect of the Getty Center.
Construction of the stairway began in later March and was just recently completed. The grand opening ceremony for the stairway was organized in cooperation by the Mountain Resources Conservation Authority, the California State Coastal Conservancy, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Coastal Commission. All four organizations were also involved in making the project possible. Officials from each agency were present at the event along with a few local residents.
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