FACEBOOK founder Mark Zuckerberg has enraged locals on Hawaii after he started building a six-foot wall around his massive estate.
Islanders say that the barrier around his 750-acre retreat on the small island of Kauai is blocking an incredible panoramic ocean view.
Construction work started on the high wall, which borders on the small community of Kilauea, six weeks ago.
Gy Hall told West Hawaii Today: “The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense.
“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.’
“(The crew) put some boards up, so you can see the future projection of the wall and what it will cut off.
“It’s quite dramatic because you can see all the pasture land and ocean underneath the boards.”
Pensioner Moku Crain said: “Whereas before when we drove along the road we could see the ocean and see through the property, it’s closing off that view. So I think that’s part of it. Nobody likes change.”
Crain said that the wall that used to stand on the property was four feet high.
According to the retiree, locals would not complain if the wall was built to the same height.
Lindsay Andrews, spokeswoman for Zuckerberg’s Kauai property operations said: “Our entire team remains committed to ensuring that any development respects the local landscape and environment and is considerate of neighbours.”
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Zuckerberg first bought land in northern Kauai in 2014 with wife Pricilla Chen.
Since then, he has bought two more plots beside his original purchase.
Overall, the tech giant owns 750 acres of pristine countryside on the picturesque island.
Forbes estimated that the Facebook founder spent over $100 million for the land.
Islander Donna McMillen told West Hawaii Today that the wall is a “monstrosity”.
She said: “I’m super unhappy about that. I know that land belongs to Zuckerberg.
“Money is no option for him. I’m 5’8′ and when I’m walking, I see nothing but wall. It just doesn’t fit in with the natural beauty that we have here.
“There are people on the island who money can pay for anything. These kind of things that they do take away what Kauai is all about.”
Shawn Smith said that the wall is to block out road noise.
He said: “The sound barrier follows all regulated rules and regulations by the county and our entire team remains committed to ensuring that any development is consistent with the local landscape and environment and considerate of neighbours.”
But islander Brian Catlin supports Zuckerberg’s right to do what he wants on the land.
He said: “If they wanted to protect the view, they should have bought that land.
“He paid a lot of money for that so he can do what he wants with it.”
Catlin said that the wall is less than six feet tall as he can see over it easily.
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