The Malibu coast boasts “27 miles of scenic beauty,” though shockingly much of the public has never stepped foot on a vast majority of the ‘Bu’s sandy beaches. That’s because many of the elite beachfront homeowners along the coast illegally mark public beaches as private, but one local woman’s new smartphone app is aimed to make these hidden gems public knowledge once again.
Called “Our Malibu Beaches,” environmentalist Jenny Price has taken her years of research and developed a handy beach guide that pinpoints how to access the beaches that are open to the public from those that are actually private.
Fed up with the many, often times fake, restrictive signs dissuading beach goers from accessing the miles of beaches along the coast, Price’s app guides users house by house where they can legally access the beach.
“You have these miles of beachfront in Malibu,” Price told the L.A. Times. “It’s one of the most egregious examples of privatization of public space in Los Angeles.”
She notes that many of the privileged beachfront homeowners use sneaky ways to trick the average visitor by putting up fake trespassing or no parking signs and illegally padlocking or putting up unlocked gates that look official to those not from the area.
According to the L.A. Times, Price made more than a dozen research trips to the beach, spoke to public agencies, and read up on public access laws to prepare for the app. She also had Linda Locklin, manager of the California Coastal Commission’s coastal access programs, fact-check the entries.
Our Malibu Beaches app will be released as a free download on iPhone and iPad next month, with a planned Android release once their Kickstarter campaign reaches $30,000.
Until then, here are three locations reported by KTLA to get you started just in time for summer:
- Escondido Beach, near 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy.
- Lechuza Beach, Bunnie Lane and Broad Beach Rd.
- Broad Beach access, near 31138 Broad Beach Rd.