If I was really, really, really rich, would I turn into a total dick?
Everywhere in America, all of us own the beach up to the maximum high tide line and a bit beyond. Public beach access pisses off the dicks who own houses on the beach. They should get over it and after all these years you’d think they would have, not so, my children, not so.
In Newport Beach, California a group of folks who own multi-multi-multi-million dollar homes on the beach decided laws that have been on the books for over a half a century don’t really apply to them. What these asshats have done is to extend their landscaping onto public property. The city has given them 2 weeks to get their shit off public land. The pearl clutching in Newport Beach is getting frenetic.
In one case an ‘investor” type guy put a lawn, walkways, seating, shrubs and a god damned fire pit on public property. His landscaping project extends 40 onto the beach and now he is whining that the California Coastal Commission and the City of Newport Beach is being unfair to him by giving him two weeks to remove it. I think the city should bulldoze his landscape project, load it in a dump truck and send him the bill. Before they do, I think a bunch of the locals should go down to the beach, build a blazing fire in his fire pit, roast some wieners, crack a few beers, sit on his lawn furniture, play some really loud music and have one hell of good time.
More on the beach…
In the 70’s I stayed at a hotel in Miami Beach. This hotel had figured out a way to make you pay to be in the sun, in freaking Florida. You could go out to the pool bar conveniently covered by a large roof, the price (over-priced) of a drink only allowed you to sit in the shade. If you carried your drink to a chair in the sun you had to rent the chair. If you wanted to swim, you had to rent a chair and a towel and if you wanted to go down the steps to the beach and sit in the sun, you were required to rent a hotel beach chair. The beach was public but if you wanted to get on it you had to walk about a mile from either direction.
Unless we start paying attention to Global Warming, the big dollar houses on beach will become fish habitat and the shacks 3 blocks from the beach will be “on the water” and the argument will start all over again.