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After 100+ years, California beach will finally be open to the public

For more than a century, it was in private hands but following a recent California Coastal Commission announcement, 36 acres of Santa Barbara County coastal property will soon be a place we can all visit.

According to SF Gate:

Once known as Bixby Ranch and owned by a famous California ranching family, the shoreline is part of what is now the Cojo Jalama Ranches that sprawl over more than 37 square miles (96 sq. kilometers), including 11 miles (18 kilometers) of coastline.

The transfer is part of a settlement negotiated by the Coastal Commission's enforcement staff to mitigate unpermitted development that included grading land and installing dozens of water wells.