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Judge rules on Calif. coastal access

LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) -- A California judge has ruled in favor of state coastal regulators fighting to build a public pathway to the beach next to an oceanfront Malibu mansion.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant upheld a 2009 California Coastal Commission ruling ordering property owner Lisette Ackerberg to clear the way for a public walkway to Carbon Beach along the edge of her property, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

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The property is on a stretch of Malibu coastline where the rich and famous have long resisted attempts to create public pathways alongside their multimillion-dollar homes, the Times said.

A development permit from the 1980s requires Ackerberg to offer a 10-foot-wide easement for public access, Coastal Commission officials said.

There are more than 1,100 public passageways to the shoreline statewide but many easements required by the state as a condition of development have yet to be developed into pathways or fully opened to the public, the Times reported.

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