The California state budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday includes money for two projects near and dear to many Coastisders — a county park at Tunitas Creek Beach and public access to Martin's Beach.
State and local officials are planning a press conference on Friday to talk about the funding. The state allocation follows months of work by local beach lovers interested in responsible ownership of two of the area's most beloved beaches.
The budget authorizes the transfer of up to $1 million into a fund that can be used to acquire right of way or easements at Martin's Beach. State and local officials have been locked in a years-long battle with landowner Vinod Khosla over access to the beach. The money could be used to buy land that would enable public access onto the beach.
In addition, it includes $5 million in General Fund money administered by the Coastal Conservancy to pay for development of a park at Tunitas Creek Beach. Project partners include San Mateo County and the Peninsula Open Space Trust. POST purchased 58 acres at the beach in 2017 after locals complained the area was regularly trashed by visitors.
Both projects will require additional fundraising in order to complete the work.
State Sen. Jerry Hill and Assemblymen Kevin Mullin and Marc Berman are expected to gather with representatives of POST and the Surfrider Foundation at Tunitas Creek Beach on Friday in order to tout the allocations.