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Billionaire's bid to block beach goes to judge

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HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) - A San Mateo County judge is expected to decide within 90 days whether a billionaire landowner must restore public access to a popular beach.

Lawyers presented closing arguments Wednesday in a non-profit group's case against Vinod Khosla (vee-node koh-slah).

Khosla bought 53 acres at Martins Beach at Half Moon Bay in 2008. The Surfrider Foundation argues that thousands of surfers and swimmers had kept using the beach up until Khosla locked the gate leading to the coast.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1oJAwQy) that the businessman's lawyer says he had a right as property owner to block the beach access road.

The case is seen as a key test of a 1976 law making California's beachfront open to all.

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