Sean Parker’s wedding violations result in new app for California coastline

January 4, 2019 by  
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What started out as a high-profile beachside wedding turned into a useful and long-term solution to beach access issues along the California coastline. When Napster founder and original president of Facebook Sean Parker started planning his 2013 beachfront wedding to then-fiance Alexandra Lenas, he had no idea that he was breaking land usage rules. With a redwood grove in mind, he simply leased the space from the hotel that fringed the area. He then spent months having the perfect set built. It included a 20-foot high fence, Roman pillars, bridges, a faux cottage and rock walls. Things were shaping up for the idyllic wedding when the California Coastal Commission (CCC) showed up and shut down progress. A little known agency, the CCC is responsible for maintaining access to over 1,200 miles of coastline. Enforcing a 1972 voter mandate, the organization aims to regulate the coast so that it is accessible to more people in a responsible way. So when the CCC heard a report of Parker’s construction, it came in with some harsh news — the hotel that Parker was leasing from did not have permission to lease him the space. Not only that, but the site of the wedding was supposed to be a public camping area that had been closed by the hotel six years earlier due to water quality issues without permission from the CCC. Related: California approves rule to require solar panels on new houses Fines for limiting beach access run high, and even though it wasn’t Sean’s fault, he sat down with the CCC to figure out a solution. According to the Coastal Act, violators can be fined $1,000 to $15,000 per day that they are in violation. That added up to a whopping $2.5 million dollars, which Parker agreed to pay on behalf of the hotel. Instead of going to the CCC, however, the funds were used to create hiking trails, fund field trips, reopen the campground, fix the water issues and otherwise promote public access to the Big Sur area. But the story doesn’t stop there. During conversations that eventually resulted in the CCC allowing the wedding to continue at the site, representatives mentioned the idea of developing an app where iOS users could find information about the 1,563 access points up and down the California coastline. Parker jumped on board and agreed to develop the app. Unveiled in December, the YourCoast app spent five years in development with teams from both sides working together. Parker’s team brought the technology to the table and received the decades of detailed information collected by members of the CCC. In the past, the constantly updated spreadsheet of information gathered about each access point was published in a book every few years and was periodically updated on the CCC website. Now, each access is shown on a map within the app, with additional information about each one when you click on it. With the financial and technological resources Parker provided, the public now has up-to-date data on closures, access points and photos of each path. The app also delineates amenities of each beach, such as whether there is wheelchair access, restrooms, off-street parking, lifeguards or fishing . Many of the access points are well disguised by natural overgrowth or less-than-helpful neighbors. Some are merely a small sign, fence or alley access, so without the YourCoast app, most people never know about them. Others are falsely marked with “No Parking” or “No Beach Access” signs to further discourage visitors, which is in direct violation of the Coastal Act. The CCC has a huge responsibility for such a small organization. The creation of the app has brought the commission from an era where it still doesn’t have Wi-Fi in the main office to an online resource available to any iOS user. Plans are in the works to also make the app accessible to Google and other Android users. Related: Southern California is losing its clouds, increasing the risk of more intense wildfires While the information is now front and center to the public, there is still the ongoing problem of policing businesses and residents along the coast who actively restrict access to the beach. In fact, the six- to 10-person violations team has a backlog of thousands of cases. The app allows users to report violations and submit pictures of their own, so that they can help with the problem. Some areas of the coastline are very remote, and with that much territory to cover, it’s difficult for the CCC to monitor it all. For those users that visit the more remote regions, YourCoast allows them to download information for use without cell service. Although it was an unusual course of events that brought Parker and the CCC together, both parties are happy to have found a creative solution that brings great value to the public and facilitates the goals of the CCC in promoting access to state coastlines. Additional sections of the settlement agreement required Parker to safely remove all the infrastructure used in the wedding, and he must produce an educational video for the public and ensure that it goes viral. + YourCoast Via LA Times Images via USFWS , James Smith and Inhabitat

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Internet Mogul Sean Parker Trashes Old-Growth Redwood Forest to Create a Fantasy Wedding

June 5, 2013 by  
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It’s not unusual for the weddings of the rich and famous to veer into ridiculous excess, but internet billionaire Sean Parker’s recent nuptials really take the over-the-top wedding cake. Parker’s wedding took place in a redwood grove on a Big Sur campground. Apparently the natural grandeur wasn’t good enough for Parker and his guests, because the groom spent a reported $10 million on the festivities, which involved trashing the old-growth forest to build a pond and fake castle ruins. Read the rest of Internet Mogul Sean Parker Trashes Old-Growth Redwood Forest to Create a Fantasy Wedding Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Big Sur campground , Big Sur campground trashed , Big Sur ecological damage , Big Sur ecological system , Big Sur trailhead , Big Sur wedding , California Coastal Commission , CCC , ecological damage , old growth redwood , old growth redwood forest , old growth redwood forest trashed , public forests , public spaces , Sean Parker trashes redwood forest , Sean Parker wedding        

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Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy

June 5, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Google just announced that its new Finnish data center will be powered entirely by wind energy . The company is no stranger to renewable energy , and it struck up a ten year deal with a Swedish wind farm developer to construct a farm to power its new data center. The Hamina, South Finland data center will meet its energy needs by purchasing the entire output of the new O2 wind farm, which will be constructed in Maevaara, Northern Sweden. Read the rest of Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , Allianz , eco design , Google , Google Data processing Center , green design , O2 wind farm , sustainable design        

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Cryogenic Carbon Capture Technology Offers Better Capture at Lower Cost

November 18, 2010 by  
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Cryogenic carbon capture (CCC) is another of the technologies which received a USDOE development grant as part of the recent ARPA-E program. Making it cheaper and easier to capture carbon from industrial exhaust flues is an important technology, but that’s not the whole story with CCC technology.

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CCC: Outdoor Seating That Purifies the Air

March 12, 2010 by  
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Inhabitat reader deborah Sommers tells us how Alexandre Moronnoz’s new outdoor seating CCC (named after Champignon Carbone Capture, the material from which it is made) takes the concept of ‘green’ furniture a step further. This series of sculptural urban seating is made from  TX Active Cement . – a special kind of cement containing a photocatalyzer that expedites the natural oxidation process of pollutants found in both natural and artificial light and transforms them into less harmful compounds such as water, nitrates and carbon dioxide

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