Pelican Rock marks the northern end of Martins Beach.
Thirty miles south of San Francisco, Martins Beach was once a hidden gem, known to just a handful of surfers and folks who rented cottages along the shore. Those days are over.
The small beach has become ground zero for a protracted legal battle between locals and one Silicon Valley billionaire who wants to keep the public out. For The California Report, Amy Standen has the story.