Despite the fact that the shoreline in Malibu, California is public, it is difficult for the public to access much of the beach. Private homes and gated passageways keep visitors out, even though beachfront homes are only entitled to own a portion of the beach that their house sits on, and not where the sand hits the water.
Jenny Price, a writer/activist in the area worked with Escape Apps to create an app that helps the public find their way past these walled public beaches. Price has raised more than $32,000 through Kickstarter to fund the iPhone and Android versions of the app, which are expected to launch this summer. Here is more about the app from its Kickstarter page:
We’ve made an app that’ll show you exactly where each public access point is up and down the Malibu Coast. It helps you park – ID those fake cones and fake garages. It tells you which signs you can smile at and ignore. It even walks you down each beach – house-by-house – to show you where on each beach you hang all day on the dry sand.