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Laurie David Curbs her Environmentalism
Radar Magazine ^ | 11/10/2005

Posted on 11/22/2005 8:06:11 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet

Laurie David Curbs Her Environmentalism

Global warming crusader Laurie David may be an expert when it comes to lecturing others about the evils of SUVS and the redemptive power of energy saving light bulbs. But when it comes to conserving her own backyard, it seems she’s still a little green. Sources say David—a Martha’s Vineyard summer resident and the wife of Seinfeld creator Larry David—recently found herself on the receiving end of an indignant eco-critique after angry locals on the tony island accused her and her husband of endangering protected wetlands.

According to a “notice of apparent violations” issued by the Vineyard’s Chilmark Conservation Commission, the Davids were reprimanded last August for building a 26-foot-long barbecue station, stone-and-concrete bonfire pit, and outdoor theater on an environmentally sensitive patch of their 14-acre North Road property without the proper permits. They were also cited for tearing up protected vegetation to make way for a lush, sodded lawn, among other, pettier crimes against nature. The commission has since ordered the couple to remove the offending structures and restore the area to its previous state.

In a letter to the commission, the Davids laid blame for the violations on their former property manager, year-round resident Michael Halbreich, whom they claim failed to inform them he hadn’t secured the proper landscaping permits before breaking ground. Halbreich, a trained lawyer and one-time friend of the couple whose name was even used in a season-two episode of David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, declined to comment about the dispute, but has reportedly sworn that his clients were fully aware they lacked permission for the work.

Whatever the Davids’s excuse, the situation has the Prius-loving couple’s neighbors crying foul. Jacqueline Mendez-Diez, whose property abuts the David’s sprawling, seven-building compound, claims they knew full well they didn’t have permission but went ahead with the project anyway so it would be finished in time for the arrival of a VIP guest, National Resources Defense Council champion Robert Kennedy Jr.—the man who first introduced Laurie David to environmental activism at an L.A. breakfast seminar in 1997.

“Laurie didn’t want to stir up trouble and go for the permits because she wanted to have everything ready by the time Bobby Kennedy Jr. arrived” for an extended vacation in July, Mendez-Diez says. “There was a frenzy of building before he came. You couldn’t drive past the house because trucks would be spilling out into the road, and everyone was talking about what was going on there, wondering if the King of England was coming or something.”

Confronted about the violations, Laurie David herself sensed there was more at stake in her island imbroglio than just the good will of her neighbors. According to field notes taken by conservation officer Rusty Walton during his initial survey of the grounds, “Mrs. David was seriously upset about problems on the property which I cited in a notice of violation letter recently. Her agitation was heightened by the fact that she is seriously ‘into’ conservation herself, apparently largely in the field of global warming. The discovery of problems on her property was therefore embarrassing, as it gives an appearance of hypocrisy.”

A spokesman for the Davids, Tom Keaney, declined to say whether his clients had removed the barbecue pit and stage as ordered, referring only to a statement issued by Larry David: “Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the person (actually a friend) whom I hired to oversee installing a barbecue area (among other things) on Martha’s Vineyard, was completely negligent in obtaining proper permits, which he assured us and others numerous times he had. In short, we were scammed.” Kennedy could not be reached for comment by press time.


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KEYWORDS: environment; hypocrits
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1 posted on 11/22/2005 8:06:11 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: TX Bluebonnet

I still love his show. It was hilarious Sunday night.


2 posted on 11/22/2005 8:08:08 AM PST by Tulane
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To: TX Bluebonnet

whats a "tony" island....?


3 posted on 11/22/2005 8:08:54 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: TX Bluebonnet

..also that entire crowd makes me want to puke....


4 posted on 11/22/2005 8:10:12 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: TX Bluebonnet

Of course. Limousine environmentalists are always eager to impose limits on middle-class and poor people in this country and elsewhere to protect the environment, regardless of the cost to their lives, but give up their own private jets and other energy-soaking personal perks? Naah...


5 posted on 11/22/2005 8:10:19 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: TX Bluebonnet

Of course! Nothing could be Larry or Laurie David's fault! They are stars. Everyone should kowtow to them, and if something goes wrong, it is the fault of one of their flunkies. Liberal hypocrites make me want to vomit.


6 posted on 11/22/2005 8:10:20 AM PST by Astronaut
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To: t1b8zs
whats a "tony" island....?

I think that's where limousine liberals have their second or third homes.

7 posted on 11/22/2005 8:10:22 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: TX Bluebonnet

Larry David's life is all the show material he needs.


8 posted on 11/22/2005 8:11:55 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: t1b8zs

It's where The Beautiful People vacation.


9 posted on 11/22/2005 8:12:21 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: TX Bluebonnet

HHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


10 posted on 11/22/2005 8:13:58 AM PST by Sensei Ern (Now, IB4Z! http://trss.blogspot.com/ "Cowards cut and run. Heroes never do!")
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To: Astronaut

Just like on his show (which was funny).


11 posted on 11/22/2005 8:14:13 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: TX Bluebonnet

"“Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the person (actually a friend) whom I hired to oversee installing a barbecue area (among other things) on Martha’s Vineyard, was completely negligent in obtaining proper permits, which he assured us and others numerous times he had. In short, we were scammed.”"

Nope. Sounds to me like you are trying to blame your 'friend' for not getting the permits, which is YOUR responsiblity.

Not his.


12 posted on 11/22/2005 8:14:44 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: TX Bluebonnet
I think that's where limousine liberals have their second or third homes....

That they fly too in their private (fuel guzzling) jets...

13 posted on 11/22/2005 8:15:41 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: t1b8zs

Upscale


14 posted on 11/22/2005 8:15:51 AM PST by Andy'smom
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To: TX Bluebonnet

I sincerely hope that when they get the BQ pit out of there they will carefull restore the swamp to its pristine state.


15 posted on 11/22/2005 8:16:30 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: TX Bluebonnet
...for building a 26-foot-long barbecue station, stone-and-concrete bonfire pit, and outdoor theater on an environmentally sensitive patch of their 14-acre North Road property...

Dang, I gotta create me a sitcom.

16 posted on 11/22/2005 8:17:17 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: TX Bluebonnet

I wonder how much damage that fire pit will do to the environment.


17 posted on 11/22/2005 8:20:10 AM PST by Sthitch
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To: Tulane

I don't get HBO, so I've never seen the show. I'm sure it is funny - I loved Seinfeld. I think the wife just hosted that "Earth to America". I didn't see that either, but it sounded like a condescending preach fest.


18 posted on 11/22/2005 8:20:35 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: TX Bluebonnet

Yet another chapter to add to the current book on liberal hypocrites:
"Do As I Say, Not As I Do".


19 posted on 11/22/2005 8:22:21 AM PST by VOA
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To: t1b8zs

Tony Island? Isn't that where the Sopranos Vacation?


20 posted on 11/22/2005 8:22:35 AM PST by StuLongIsland
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To: Sthitch

Just think of all the CO2 that pit will generate.


21 posted on 11/22/2005 8:23:43 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: TX Bluebonnet

Another round in the Hypocracy of Laurie David.


22 posted on 11/22/2005 8:25:29 AM PST by desherwood7
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To: TX Bluebonnet

Yes and they have to heat and cool all those homes, using both energy and then 'pollute' the enviro in the production and comsumption of that energy.

Fame and money don't increase one's morals, intellect or honesty, more so it seems to degrade it.

Hypocrits, but alas 'passionate hypocrits'

And I'm a BIG Seinfeld/David fan.


23 posted on 11/22/2005 8:31:05 AM PST by GivemeaBREAK!
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To: TX Bluebonnet
Just think of all the CO2 that pit will generate.

It will be nothing compared to the "open air theater" for their "friends" to emote in.

24 posted on 11/22/2005 8:36:05 AM PST by Howlin ("Victory is not a strategy. " ``Jack Murtha 11/18/05)
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To: TX Bluebonnet
The discovery of problems on her property was therefore embarrassing, as it gives an appearance of hypocrisy

An appearance of hypocrisy? How about "the reality of hypocrisy".

25 posted on 11/22/2005 8:36:21 AM PST by Zeppo
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To: Howlin
It will be nothing compared to the "open air theater" for their "friends" to emote in.

The stench of the BS coming from them will do more damage to the environment than my gloriously comfortable SUV.

26 posted on 11/22/2005 8:37:58 AM PST by Sthitch
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To: Sthitch
The stench of the BS coming from them will do more damage to the environment than my gloriously comfortable SUV.

Methane and CO2! a double whammy

27 posted on 11/22/2005 8:39:14 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: Sthitch

Not even if you ran it 24/7.


28 posted on 11/22/2005 8:41:06 AM PST by Howlin ("Victory is not a strategy. " ``Jack Murtha 11/18/05)
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To: t1b8zs
whats a "tony" island....?

 

Everybody has bad rugs.


29 posted on 11/22/2005 8:41:28 AM PST by Fintan (One of these days I'll tell you what I really think.)
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To: TX Bluebonnet

I get HBO; you're not missing anything.


30 posted on 11/22/2005 8:41:53 AM PST by Howlin ("Victory is not a strategy. " ``Jack Murtha 11/18/05)
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To: TX Bluebonnet

The issue isn't only about whether they had permits or not - the David's were in a hurry to pave over protected wetlands just to be able to throw a SINGLE party for Lauries hero, RKF Jr. There are plenty of existing venues the David's could have rented for this affair. Laurie wants to live by one set of rules and have us live by another. EARTH-TO-LAURIE: Confess your crime against nature, fix it, then resume preaching to the rest of us.


31 posted on 11/22/2005 8:57:35 AM PST by ghost of nixon
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To: TX Bluebonnet
The discovery of problems on her property was therefore embarrassing, as it gives an appearance of hypocrisy provides tangible evidence of their hypocricy and now everybody's gonna know.

There. That's better. I fixed it.

32 posted on 11/22/2005 9:03:03 AM PST by RedWhiteBlue
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To: ghost of nixon
The issue isn't only about whether they had permits or not - the David's were in a hurry to pave over protected wetlands just to be able to throw a SINGLE party for Lauries hero, RKF Jr.

I know. That's what makes this story particularly delectable.

There are plenty of existing venues the David's could have rented for this affair. Laurie wants to live by one set of rules and have us live by another. EARTH-TO-LAURIE: Confess your crime against nature, fix it, then resume preaching to the rest of us.

Gosh, if Laurie was really serious about environmentalism, she should tear down this house and return the property to nature.
HAHAHA I crack myself up sometimes.

33 posted on 11/22/2005 9:19:54 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: TX Bluebonnet; texianyankee; roylene; JayB; ElkGroveDan; markman46; palmer; Bahbah; Paradox; ...
(((GLOBAL WARMING PING)))



You have been pinged because of your interest in environmentalism, alarmist wackos, mainstream media doomsday hype, and other issues pertaining to global warming. Freep-mail me to get on or off.



the Davids were reprimanded last August for building a 26-foot-long barbecue station, stone-and-concrete bonfire pit, and outdoor theater on an environmentally sensitive patch of their 14-acre North Road property without the proper permits. They were also cited for tearing up protected vegetation to make way for a lush, sodded lawn, among other, pettier crimes against nature.

Global warming, tree-hugging activists are ripping scars in the face of "mother nature" when they think no one is looking.
34 posted on 11/22/2005 9:26:55 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Celebrating my first full year on FR! Has it been one year already?? Has it only been one year??)
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To: t1b8zs

Actually it a typo and shhould read "tiny".......


35 posted on 11/22/2005 9:29:42 AM PST by vavavah
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To: Wolfie
26-foot-long barbecue station, stone-and-concrete bonfire pit,

You can roast the whole HERD on that thing!

36 posted on 11/22/2005 9:31:33 AM PST by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: TX Bluebonnet
I think that's where limousine liberals have their second or third homes.

Plenty of those "second and third homes" in Vermont, as well. (Woodstock, Stowe, Ludlow, Manchester)

37 posted on 11/22/2005 9:34:29 AM PST by who knows what evil? (New England...the Sodom and Gomorrah of the 21st Century, and they're proud of it!)
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To: TX Bluebonnet
as it gives an appearance of hypocrisy

No, it IS hypocrisy.

Nothing like getting caught in the net you helped set up for others.

38 posted on 11/22/2005 9:36:18 AM PST by pollyannaish
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To: TX Bluebonnet
Just think of all the CO2 that pit will generate.

And all of those helpless snail darters they slaughtered constructing that pit!
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39 posted on 11/22/2005 9:37:29 AM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: who knows what evil?

If you go to the Radar Magazine article, there are hot links to the complaint and the David's reply letter.

They will be leaving the island for the winter- for some other home presumably- but are anxious to resolve the situation.


40 posted on 11/22/2005 9:40:43 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: TX Bluebonnet

How much money a person spends is a fairly accurate indicator of how much energy they use. This woman might not know the energy it takes to create her gold bracelet - so she speaks endlessly of SUZ's. And if you take that bracelet and multiply it by all her "spendings", it's obvious she's the problem. In short, she's an idiot. Mrs. David might be able to delude herself, but that's about it... ( well, maybe her husband...)


41 posted on 11/22/2005 9:45:14 AM PST by GOPJ (The costs of launching an attack on America is high - antiwar dems are working to change that)
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To: Tulane

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42 posted on 11/22/2005 9:45:28 AM PST by dennisw (You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you - Bob Dylan)
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To: dennisw
Susie roasts Donald Trump at the Friars Club
Photo by Richard Lewin

"Donald, you're not my type either. Too egomaniacal and narcissistic. I can't be involved with a man who calls out his own name when he's climaxing."

43 posted on 11/22/2005 9:47:10 AM PST by dennisw (You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you - Bob Dylan)
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To: TX Bluebonnet; Carry_Okie
What is the Chilmark Conservation Commission, are they an official body, and do they have the authority to tell a private landowner to rip up his barbecue pit and "restore the area to its previous state?"
44 posted on 11/22/2005 9:49:54 AM PST by sauropod ("The love that dare not speak its' name has now become the love that won't shut the hell up.")
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To: GOPJ
How much money a person spends is a fairly accurate indicator of how much energy they use. This woman might not know the energy it takes to create her gold bracelet - so she speaks endlessly of SUZ's. And if you take that bracelet and multiply it by all her "spendings", it's obvious she's the problem. In short, she's an idiot. Mrs. David might be able to delude herself, but that's about it... ( well, maybe her husband...)

But..but.. if she uses special lightbulbs and drives a Prius, it makes it all okay, doesn't it??

45 posted on 11/22/2005 9:54:26 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: TX Bluebonnet
Just think of all the CO2 that pit will generate.

Just think of all the CO2 liberals generate when they talk...and talk...and talk...

46 posted on 11/22/2005 10:04:05 AM PST by Still Thinking (Disregard the law of unintended consequences at your own risk.)
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To: sauropod

http://www.ci.chilmark.ma.us/Pages/ChilmarkMA_Conservation/index

Looks like an official commission for the town of Chilmark


47 posted on 11/22/2005 10:05:20 AM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: TX Bluebonnet

Someone's complaining because they weren't invited to a bar b que.


48 posted on 11/22/2005 10:06:38 AM PST by chemicalman (Many have skeletons in their closets. In New Orleans, we have skeletons in our attics.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Martha's Vinyard and Nantucket were almost completed deforested in 19th Century. (See Melville's description in Moby Dick.) Lack of fuel for heating was the price they paid for access to fishing and whaling grounds. There are few old trees on Martha's Vinyard. I vactioned in the house on Oak Bluffs on MV were President Grant witnessed the 1876 Centennial Fourth of July Fireworks. It is really a kewl place, if it weren't for all the damn liberals.


49 posted on 11/22/2005 10:18:45 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NY Times headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS, Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
It is really a kewl place, if it weren't for all the d**n liberals.

Yeah, well, the same thing goes for the earth. ;-)
50 posted on 11/22/2005 10:21:06 AM PST by DaveLoneRanger (Celebrating my first full year on FR! Has it been one year already?? Has it only been one year??)
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