California Coastal Act, Section 30001.5 states:
“The legislature further finds and declares that the basic goals of the state for the coastal zone are to: . . .
(c) Maximize public access to and along the coast and maximize public recreational opportunities in the coastal zone consistent with sound resources conservation principles and constitutionally protected rights of private property owners.”
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The first comprehensive review of the State’s Coastal Access Program, the California Coastal Commission, was published in June 1999. It identified the key issues that affect the public’s ability to use and enjoy the coast for recreation, and determined its three top program priorities:
The Coastal Commission publishes the California Coastal Access Guide with information on more than 850 public access sites along the entire 1110 mile long coast. We have also published regional guides for Northern California, South Central California, and Southern California; see our Experience the California Coast Series.