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Public Beach Access Is Making Waves

January 31, 2002

It amazes me to read about the struggle for public beach access in Southern California ("Activists Press Geffen for Beach Path," Jan. 29). I just returned from Maui, Hawaii, where multimillion-dollar houses are adjacent to very public beaches, with no access difficulty whatsoever. I can imagine that a homeowner there, attempting to block access, would be confronted with instant rebellion from the locals and tourists. Why have Californians accepted this two-tier beach society for so long?

Dean Chantiles

Palm Springs

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Excuse me for another rehash of the public's right to access the beach, but isn't this the law? And what on Earth makes these extremely wealthy folks believe they are above the law? Isn't this why we make laws? Let's all set a good example and obey the law.

Rick Mervis

Hollywood

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