How lucky we are to live in California!
I had an unbelievable experience in New Jersey while touring the Eastern United States with a friend.
In that state communities have the Atlantic Ocean fenced off to the public. They have gates spaced about 100 yards apart where they charge admission to use the beaches. The town we stayed in charged $5.50 for every adult. Children under 12 were admitted free if they were accompanied by an adult.
I stood in amazement while watching a family consisting of a man, his wife, two teen-agers, and two small children pay $22 for the privilege of using the beach for one day.
They were also given a plastic bag in which to put their trash. Generous!
All I could think about were the poor people who never would be able to afford to use the beaches and ocean which should be free to everyone.