Skip to comments.Laurie David Curbs her Environmentalism
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 shes still a little green. Sources say Davida Marthas Vineyard summer resident and the wife of Seinfeld creator Larry Davidrecently 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 Vineyards 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 hadnt 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 Davids 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 Davidss excuse, the situation has the Prius-loving couples neighbors crying foul. Jacqueline Mendez-Diez, whose property abuts the Davids sprawling, seven-building compound, claims they knew full well they didnt 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 didnt 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 couldnt 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 Marthas 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.
Just think of all the CO2 that pit will generate.
Another round in the Hypocracy of Laurie David.
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.
It will be nothing compared to the "open air theater" for their "friends" to emote in.
An appearance of hypocrisy? How about "the reality of hypocrisy".
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
Not even if you ran it 24/7.
Everybody has bad rugs.
I get HBO; you're not missing anything.
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.
There. That's better. I fixed it.
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.
Actually it a typo and shhould read "tiny".......
You can roast the whole HERD on that thing!
Plenty of those "second and third homes" in Vermont, as well. (Woodstock, Stowe, Ludlow, Manchester)
No, it IS hypocrisy.
Nothing like getting caught in the net you helped set up for others.
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.
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