App for That

New App Forces Rich Malibu Residents to Share Beaches With The Underclasses

Even Kristin could get in.
Enter here. (Photo: Kickstarter)

Enter here. (Photo: Kickstarter)

There’s only two things that Southern California has going for it: Lisa Vanderpump and the beaches. But the latter is being threatened by rich oligarchs who are intentionally misleading swimmers with fake signs warning them of trespassing, despite the fact that their beaches are open to the public.

Now there’s a new app called “Our Malibu Beaches” that’s exposing those entrances that border the 27 miles of beachfront property. It was funded in a month-long Kickstarter campaign for a mere $30,000, or a partial down payment on a Bugatti convertible. 

The app, which is free on iOS (and soon on Android), guides you along the California coastline identifying fake cones, garages and signs blocking off your beachy frolics. Its creator, Jenny Price, an artist slash environmental historian (how SoCal is she?), explained that it shouldn’t be that tough to find beaches in a city that’s on a beach.

“It tells you everything you need to know about how to find and use a public beach in Malibu, which is actually a really, really tough thing to do,” said Ms. Price to KTLA.

Rich people have complained that the app is a “trespass on their privacy,” however there are no so-called “private” beach laws in the city.

Here’s a solution, richy rich: jet off elsewhere.

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