Coastal Commission forgoes appeal of Bay Island loss

July 12, 2012 | By PAUL BEARD

The California Court of Appeal’s decision to protect the private bridge leading to Newport Beach’s Bay Island against expropriation by the California Coastal Commission will stand.

The Orange County Register reports that the Commission has decided to forgo an appeal to the California Supreme Court.  This is good news for Bay Island residents.  It’s also good news for California landowners who can find, in the Court of Appeal’s decision, reaffirmation of the principle that the government must respect private property rights–and that no amount of unlawful public trespassing can make private property public.

For details about the Court of Appeal’s decision, along with a link to the amicus brief we filed in support of Bay Island residents, you can go to our June 14 blog post update on the case.