Sean Parker got caught by the California Costal Commission trying to built a set for his wedding in what is deemed an “ecologically sensitive area,” and now he has to pay up. The entrepreneur will pay an extra $2.5 million to the organization on top of the $10 million he’s already dishing out for his wedding weekend as a settlement for building without permits.
TheWrap writes that neighbors reported Parker to the CCC when he built a temporary cottage, fake ruins, a huge dance floor, staircases and waterfalls in California’s Big Sur area. The trouble? He was building near redwood trees and a stream containing threatened steelhead trout. Parker and his bride Alexandra Lenas negotiated with the CCC, and were allowed to proceed with their dream meeting after deciding on a financial settlement.
The money Parker paid will likely be used to purchase public easements, build hiking trails and provide grants, TheWrap reports. Parker also offered to either create a mobile app or a public education video for the Big Sur area. No damage was caused by the construction Parker already built for his wedding.
“We always dreamed of getting married in Big Sur, one of the most magical places on earth,” Parker says in a statement. “In continuing my foundation’s mission, we are excited to support these important conservation-related projects for and with the local community.”
California Coastal Commission Executive Director Charles Lester issued his own statement, which reads, “Mr. Parker has been extremely cooperative and actively involved in working with Coastal Commission staff to reach this resolution which both addresses our Coastal Act concerns and will result in greater coastal access and conservation in the Big Sur and Monterey Peninsula areas.”