Mark Zuckerberg Is Building A Giant Wall Around His Home And His Neighbors Aren’t Happy
This isn’t how you lay out the welcome mat
You’re taking the wrong cues from Donald Trump. Mark Zuckberg’s Hawaiian neighbors may be about to unfriend him in a major way. The Facebook CEO is causing a bit of an uproar with plans to build a massive wall around his property on Kauai.
Construction on the “daunting and forbidding” wall reportedly began a little over a month ago, according to CBS. According to some neighbors, the height of the wall blocks views of the ocean, although another report says it’s actually much smaller than a wall built by the property’s previous owner and the current barbed wire fence. Some reports peg the wall as being around 6 feet, though one neighbor said it’s closer to 4 and that he can look over it. Regardless, that hasn’t stopped some locals from venting their frustration. “It’s really sad that somebody would come in, and buy a huge piece of land and the first thing they do is cut off this view that’s been available and appreciative by the community here for years,” local resident Gy Hall told the Garden Island.
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Zuckberg bought the 700-acre property back in 2014. Local property manager Lindsay Andrews said in a statement that the rock wall’s only purpose is to reduce noise pollution, rather than creating a nuisance for locals. "Our entire team remains committed to ensuring that any development respects the local landscape and environment and is considerate of neighbors.”
In a bit of irony, Gizmodo points out that Zuckerberg recently offered some unsolicited commentary on Trump’s plan for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, saying: “I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as ‘others.’”