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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In March I wrote that Oscar Munoz was being investigated by the State of Florida for ‘sand scraping’ or stealing sand from the beach to create dunes in the yard of his Florida home. The Department of Environmental Quality said Munoz and three neighbors “may have skirted laws designed to protect the state’s natural resources.”
Hurricanes Matthew and Irma wiped out the dunes in front of his home. A neighbor shot video of “two earth movers scooping sand from the public beach last week and hauling it toward four private homes” and turned in the neighbors.
Florida’s Department of Environmental Quality
found he purchased basic economy landscaping which doesn’t come with any free dunes proposed to fine the United CEO $58,625. However he agreed to pay $24,000 ‘voluntarily’ to settle the matter.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection inspected Munoz’s Ponte Vedra Beach property in March in response to complaints about sand scraping. The investigation revealed possible violations of state laws about beach sand excavation east of the Coastal Construction Control Line.
The FDEP sent a warning letter to Catherine Munoz, Oscar Munoz’s wife, after that inspection. The letter asked them to stop taking sand from the beach to make dunes in front of their home.
The fine is because he and his wife “harm[ed] these economically and environmentally important natural resources” however they weren’t asked to put the sand back because it “would have been counterproductive during turtle season.”