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Deal would allow limited access to disputed California beach

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A battle over public use of a stretch of California coast has led to a tentative settlement that would limit access to those who could boat or paddle at least 2 miles to reach it, visitors with guides and landowners who have fought to keep it off limits.

The Los Angeles Times reported of a deal involving Hollister Ranch on the Santa Barbara County coast set to receive preliminary approval from a judge, who expressed concern the public may not be aware it.

Hollister Ranch has 8.5 miles of beaches, a 2.2-mile-long shoreline preserve and 136 privately owned parcels.

The settlement was signed by the California State Coastal Conservancy and California Coastal Commission on one side, and the Hollister Ranch Owners Association on the other side.

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