Privates Beach didn’t get its name from the swimsuit-optional patrons.Since the 1940s, a fence has enclosed the entrance to the beach.And only those who lived there, or outsiders willing to purchase a key, were granted access.

On June 7th, the California Coastal Commission pulled a Ronald Reagan, ordering the Opal Cliffs Recreation District (OCRD a.k.a. If they didn’t comply by June 30th, the OCRD would face a daily fine of $11,000.

And as of July 1st, reports are saying the fence is still standing.

The request is backed by the California Coastal Act of 1976, which claims that the fence and the pay-for-a-key situation is a violation of the public’s right to beach access.

As it were, anyone could buy a key from nearby Freeline Surf Shop for $100, but the Coastal Commission still contends that the OCRD, which manages the gate, is overstepping its authority over public land.

“They've got a locked gate and fence between the public and the ocean, and that locked gate and fence doesn't have a permit,” Pat Veesart, the Coastal Commission's Northern California enforcement supervisor, told the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

“The Coastal Commission's mandate is maximum access.It's in violation of the Coastal Act and the Santa Cruz County Local Coastal Program, which is the county's plan for coastal access.” But opponents of the fence demolition – mainly residents on the Opal Cliffs, surfers keen on minimal crowds, and nudists who like to disrobe in peace – have voiced their concern.They claim that open access will attract riff-raff and trash and bring destruction to the pristine shore.Before the fence was elevated to 9-feet in 2009, it was 6-feet and non-key-holders used to climb over it and wreak havoc, according to residents.Pieces of the wooden staircase were even hacked off for beach bonfires.As a local police officer and lifelong resident of the area, Sherriff Jim Hart penned a letter to the Coastal Commission, claiming that the open access would, “create an immediate and continuing dangerous nuisance.” He also compared the possibility of a public Privates Beach to nearby shores rife with problems.