To secure a Coastal Commission permit to build a beach house, the prior owner agreed to grant the Coastal Conservancy a 5-feet wid public easement along one side of the house to afford public access to the beach. After a public acceptance of the easement was recorded, the prior owner then ignored it and built an unpermitted deck above the easement together with a stairway up to it, which blocked 27 inches of the easement. Lent then bought the property and erected an unpermitted gate that totally blocked the public easement. When Lent refused to remove the unpermitted structures in response to its demand, the Coastal Commission commenced administrative proceedings against him and ultimately assessed $4.1 million in administrative penalties. Held, affirmed. Lent was bound by the prior owner’s acceptance of the conditions to his Coastal Commission permit, including the public easement. The penalties assessed against Lent were not excessive given his flouting of the applicable law and the importance the state assigns to public access to beaches. The Commission’s proceedings were procedurally fair and gave Lent adequate notice of the potential size of the penalties that could be assessed against him.