Mark Zuckerberg’s building a wall, and his neighbors don’t like it

Once again, Mark Zuckerberg has the neighbors talking.

But these aren’t neighbors on the mainland, they’re in Hawaii. And they’re unhappy about a rock wall being built around the Facebook CEO’s 700-acre property on Kauai’s North Shore, saying it’s blocking the breeze and “doesn’t feel neighborly,” according to the Garden Island newspaper.

Zuckerberg reportedly bought the property, which consists of two adjacent chunks of land on the coast, in 2014 for more than $100 million. Now, his representatives are saying the wall is being put up as a sound barrier.

“The sound barrier follows all regulated rules and regulations by the county and our entire team remains committed to ensuring that any development respects the local landscape and environment and is considerate of neighbors,” a spokesperson told Gizmodo.

Neighbors who talked to the Garden Island called the wall “a monstrosity” and “oppressive,” and said they have been trying to contact Zuckerberg to no avail. Only one neighbor the newspaper spoke with had a positive opinion of the wall.

The Facebook CEO also has irked neighbors in Palo Alto, where he lives, and in San Francisco. He faced (and settled) a lawsuit related to his Palo Alto home — he bought four houses surrounding the house he lives in, and is now planning to demolish them and replace them with smaller homes. In San Francisco, where Zuckerberg owns a home in the Mission District, neighbors have complained about his security detail parking illegally.

Zuckerberg has plenty of company in the tech world’s More Property, More Problems camp: Oracle founder Larry Ellison owns the Hawaiian island of Lanai, and there’s grumbling about that. And venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has been fighting legal battles since he closed off Martins Beach, near Half Moon Bay, to the public in 2010.

And we can’t not address the 6-foot wall in the room: Those who follow news about the Facebook CEO might find it ironic that he’s being criticized about building a wall. Zuckerberg, an advocate for immigration reform, has said he prefers building bridges to building walls, prompting the Donald Trump campaign to call Zuckerberg hypocritical because the billionaire can afford personal security guards who can protect him against the “criminals” and “drug cartels” Trump often warns Americans about.

 

Photo: Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at Facebook’s F8 Developers Conference on April 12, 2016, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

 

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  • Bob Thompson

    Peasants are a pain in the a$$, aren’t they Mark.

    • Josh

      I’m not Mark, but I do make decent money, so I’m going to say “yes”.

      • Bob Thompson

        Damn shame, what can I say? But not to worry — with all your money, you can price us out of the area. Then all your problems will be solved, right? Except, who is going to build your wall?

  • Norman Blunt

    The property already has a wall around a good portion of it. Zuckerberg simply wants to repair the broken sections and extend it around the entire property. It is a traditional Kawaii’n stone wall which is no higher than 4′.

  • Sabrina

    The wall’s a good thing. The neighbors won’t be able to hear his overgrown Muppet voice once it’s done.

  • Good thing for liberals hypocrisy isn’t a problem for them.

  • PretenderNx01

    What is it with rich guys and building walls?

  • Walking Fool

    Don’t you people get it?

    He is Zuck and has his rights to privacy. You and I? Not at all.

 
 
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