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Martins Beach

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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


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