Tycoon agrees to pay $2.5m for Big Sur wedding breach

Facebook billionaire Sean Parker’s lavish $10m (€7.6m) Big Sur wedding has become even more expensive.

The California Coastal Commission and Parker said they have reached a $2.5m settlement to pay for coastal conservation programmes after the Napster co-founder built a large movie set-like wedding site in an ecologically sensitive area of Big Sur without proper permits.

The parties reached a deal after officials were tipped that Parker built a cottage, fake ruins, waterfalls, staircases, and a huge dancefloor near iconic redwoods and a stream with threatened steelhead trout.

The commission learned about the construction at a closed campground owned by Ventana Inn & Spa after a county investigation spurred by neighbour complaints. The Ventana is negotiating a separate settlement for allowing the construction to occur.

“Despite the continued unauthorised closure of the campground to the public, earlier this year, the property owner entered into an agreement giving Sean Parker exclusive use of the campground for several months to construct a sizeable wedding venue,” the commission wrote in a report.

When staff inspected, they found the temporary structures had already been built, but they allowed the wedding to proceed anyway.

The commission started negotiating a settlement with Parker and his representatives instead of shutting the event down.

Parker, the former president of Facebook, married singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas on Saturday

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