Silicon Valley billionaire demands $30m to restore access to former public beach

Just the title of this story brings up all kinds of emotions. I can remember back in 2008 when the property was purchased by Vinod Khosla, a Silicon Valley Billionaire. The purchase included all of the existing land leases that were in place, so for all of the people who had leases, they could continue to enjoy their homes but only until the leases expired. A lot of families grew up going to Martin's Beach, and now Vinod has decided that he wants the beach to be private, meaning that no one can access this portion of the coast any longer. To top it off, he has now demanded that if he does restore public access, the State of California must pay him $30 Million. I, for one, am all for peoples right to own property and have privacy, but where do we draw the line? Do you think Mr. Khosla should be able to keep Martin's Beach private?

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