Alastair Leithead of BBC Radio 4 takes the Our Malibu Beaches app international with this report.
Here’s an interesting take on the Our Malibu Beaches app from a legal perspective in The American Interest. We disagree with the writer’s harsh criticism of the California Coastal Commission—their progress punching through the wall of private development to provide beach access is admittedly far too slow, but we have the litigiousness of coastal residents and the limited legal powers and staff size of the Commission to thank for that—but the idea that Our Malibu Beaches is “a harbinger of the future” in which “a personal attorney is coming to your phone” is definitely an exciting one.
"Jenny Price, an environmental writer who has pressed the battle to open hidden beaches, has developed an iPhone app offering a beach-by-beach battle plan for anyone wishing to explore what are, by design, some of the most secluded beaches around,” writes Los Angeles Bureau Chief Adam Nagourney.
It’s definitely an exciting time for mobile journalism. Many more great projects to come!
Garry Trudeau produced this victory strip in Doonesbury to celebrate the success of Zonker Harris’ campaign to pressure music mogul David Geffen into allowing public access to the beach near his Malibu mansion.
We’re reposting it here because A) it’s awesome and B) we’re still super excited that Our Malibu Beaches will help everyone follow Zonker and Ol’ Surfer Dude onto those beautiful beaches this summer, so we couldn’t resist our own little float n’ gloat :)
In a settlement with the Calfiornia Coastal Commission, the Los Angeles Times reported that billionaire Sean Parker (of Napster/Facebook fame) will pay a $2.5 million penalty for the “unpermitted development of an elaborate wedding stage in a coastal redwood forest.”
Construction for the tech mogul’s $10 million wedding ceremony at the Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur blocked public access to the nearby Ventana Campground.
So coastal public access isn’t an issue unique to Malibu after all…
If you’ve had trouble accessing public beaches where you live, tell us why. We’d love to hear from you!
At Escape Apps, we’re entrepreneurs AND journalists. Our latest project, Our Malibu Beaches, was a piece of investigative journalism transformed into a usable tool by mobile technology, empowering users to sidestep obstacles to coastal public access that have persisted for decades.
And we’ve crowdsourced the follow-up: our users can report violations they find to the appropriate city, county or state authority through the app.
Thank you to our 803 backers who helped us raise a total of $32,160.81 on Kickstarter in support of making the public beaches in Malibu truly public.
Our Malibu Beaches received great coverage in local, national and international press outlets — a media frenzy that ranged from newspapers and magazines to radio and television.
Martha Groves and Steve Lopez wrote columns in the Los Angeles Times; Emily Badger produced an in-depth article in Atlantic Cities; Jenny Price chatted with Patt Morrison and John Rabe on KPCC; and KTLA, ABC7 and Good Morning America all made their way to Malibu to see the beaches for themselves.
We’re so grateful to all our supporters and to everyone who helped us spread the word!
We’ll be releasing the official Our Malibu Beaches app for iPhones shortly, and we’re hard at work programming the Android version for release later this summer. In the meantime, look out for more exciting projects from Escape Apps, and thanks again for your support!
Great post on Our Malibu Beaches today by Boing Boing founder and Know What contributor Mark Frauenfelder.
"The rich and famous [do] everything they can to obstruct access to this 27-mile strip of pristine beaches," he writes. "Things could get tougher for these folks when a new iPhone app comes out this summer."
Please help keep us on pace to reach our goal and thank you for your support!
Did you know there’s no such thing as an all-private beach in California? And that includes Malibu!
We’re excited to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to support Our Malibu Beaches, an app that helps people navigate all the obstacles blocking access to 27 miles of gorgeous public beaches.
We’re offering lots of cool rewards — advance copies of the app, invitations to our app-launch beach party, and steep discounts on custom travel app development — for our supporters, so help us make it happen, and thank you!