In the days following the David Dao passenger beating incident onboard a United Express plane, the airline’s CEO was chided for bicycle riding in front of his $6 million Florida mansion. Now that mansion has him in trouble in a different way.
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The State of Florida is investigating the United CEO for illegally stealing sand from a public beach to create dunes in the yard of his Florida home.
Apparently he purchased basic economy landscaping and that doesn’t come with any free dunes.
According to Florida’s Department of Environmental Quality Munoz and three other neighbors “may have skirted laws designed to protect the state’s natural resources.”
A letter sent by the state addressed to Mr. Munoz’s wife reads in part, “The Department’s inspection and other photographic evidence suggests that mechanical equipment was used to scrape or push sand from the existing beach to create a small frontal dune at the base of the original eroded dune seaward of the CCCL.”
They have 15 days to arrange a meeting to discuss the matter. With United and United Express operating three peak daily departures from Chicago to Jacksonville, Florida that shouldn’t be difficult to arrange.
Hurricanes Matthew and Irma wiped out the dunes in front of home. However they “have been recently shored up compared to the untouched dunes near neighbors’ homes.”
Tracks left behind in the sand near the restored dunes indicate bulldozers and other machinery were used to scrape sand from the existing beachfront — a possible violation of state regulations.
Munoz was turned in, it seems, by one of his neighbors who shot video of “two earth movers scooping sand from the public beach last week and hauling it toward four private homes.”
Local news in the area suggests that ‘beach scraping’ may have saved each homeowner including Munoz up to $28,000.