Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Rich Are Different

What is it with rich people and their sense of entitlement? On eastern Long Island, a financier named Ronald Baron had a 100-foot-long, 30-foot-high sand dune excavated and removed from his property. His attorney called it a "pile fo dirt" but the town of East Hampton's director of natural resources begged to differ. The pile of dirt, according to Newsday

... was in fact a 3,000-year-old "fossil dune," which requires a natural resources special permit to be changed in any way.

"He can't touch that dune without a permit," Penny said Saturday, noting it is part of a 3.5-mile secondary dune that runs through oceanfront East Hampton. "It was one of the first dunes to form in the double dunes area when that [sand] material came on shore 3,000 years ago," he said.

And yesterday while sitting in a waiting rom, I saw a Wall Street Journal story about Dirk Ziff, an heir to the Ziff publishing fortune, whose employees thought it was OK to take trees and shrubs from nearby nature preserves to landscape their boss's property on Martha's Vineyard.


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