Jon Christensen in Travel Weekly: Hotel rates, development limiting access to California coast
Jon Christensen, an adjunct assistant professor at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, said the Coastal Act has two goals. One is to protect the coastal environment, the other is to preserve public access to the coast.
“In the last few years, however, there’s been a real focus on what the barriers to coastal access actually look like,” he said. “Important challenges include developers and billionaires closing off public access and the fact that for about half of Californians, the cost of visiting the coast, particularly staying overnight, just doesn’t make economic sense.”