Facebook billionaire Sean Parker’s $10 million California wedding just got even more expensive with his $2.5 million violation!
The California Coastal Commission and Sean Parker have reached a $2.5 million settlement to pay for coastal conservation programs after the Napster co-founder was caught building a movie-set-like wedding site in a protected coastal area without proper permits.
Sean Parker married singer and songwriter Alexandra Lenas in a ceremony with gowns and sets made by a designer for the Lord of the Rings films.
They built a cottage, ruins, waterfalls, staircases and a dance floor near iconic redwoods without getting permission.
When staff inspected, they found the temporary structures had already been built but allowed the wedding to proceed anyway.
The commission said the money will be used to purchase public easements and hiking trails and as grants for coastal conservation nonprofits. Sean Parker also will have to produce and distribute a public education video or create a mobile app aimed at helping to identify areas where the public can access the coast.
Rick Zbur, Sean Parker’s representative during negotiations with the commission, said Sean Parker worked diligently to address the issue.
“So as soon as he was made aware of the Coastal Commission’s concerns, he immediately stepped forward to discuss how he could protect the coastal area and resolve these issues,” Zbur said in an email.
Sean Parker asked his guests, many of them wealthy entrepreneurs and celebrities, to donate to Save the Redwoods or the California League of Conservation Voters in lieu of giving gifts, according to a program.