Malibu, California (CNN)It wasn't a particularly good beach day, but that was beside the point. This event was all about going where the rich folks didn't want us to go.
Billionaire's Beach just got a lot less exclusive
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And so, on a gray morning in early July, a small group of conservationists gathered on Billionaire's Beach, once one of California's hardest to reach. They had a beach party of sorts, simply because they could.
It felt good, in the way that off-limits things often do.
They nibbled on cookies shaped like flip-flops and gossiped about the creative measures some of the 70-plus homeowners have taken to keep the riff-raff off the sand.
Giant scissors sliced through blue ribbon while flowery words were spoken about how this was a big, important day for California's beaches. With that, the Carbon Beach West coastal access way -- a 10-foot-wide concrete walkway slicing between two fenced Malibu mansions -- was dedicated and opened.
Billionaire's Beach was turned over to John and Jane Q. Public.
Californians are passionate about their beaches, and Malibu has some of the most famous in the world. Many actors, rock stars and power players in the entertainment industry maintain Malibu beach houses or sprawling estates in the hills overlooking the Pacific.