The privileged who reside on “millionaire’s row” in Malibu take pride in their exclusive beachfront properties, one of them going to the lengths of paying nonprofit Access for All $250,000 plus lawyers fees to remove a public beach access point near her home, which happens to be one of the most exclusive areas of the California coast.
Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant didn’t settle with the wealthy on this one.
Last week, he upheld the action by the state to continue building a path near Lisette Ackerberg’s home, which was a stipulation in a development permit she received in the 1980s.
According to the Associated Press, in 2003, Access For All informed the Ackerbergs that they were going to oversee the opening of the public pathway and were given financial assistance for the project.
Since the path was supposedly blocked by other developments, the family was further notified in 2005 by the Coastal Commission that it must be cleared for construction, where lawsuits ensued.
The case is a dime a dozen in the longstanding battle between beach residents and city officials over access points invading privacy, and in this one, the egalitarian cause has prevailed.