The thing is, it's a really big wall, according to Gy Hall, a Hawaii resident.
“The feeling of it is really oppressive. It’s immense,” Hall told the Garden Island newspaper. “It’s really sad that somebody would come in and buy a huge piece of land, and the first thing they do is cut off this view that’s been available and appreciative by the community here for years.”
Hall was referring to a wall being built on the Hawaii property of Mark Zuckerberg, which according to reports, has caused angst among some of the Facebook chief executive's new neighbors, who contend that it blocks their ocean view and breeze.
The wall is designed to serve as a sound barrier, according to Lindsay Andrews, a spokeswoman for Zuckerberg's Kauai property operations. She also told the Associated Press that the wall complies with regulations.
"Our entire team remains committed to ensuring that any development respects the local landscape and environment and is considerate of neighbors," Andrews said in a statement.
The AP and the Garden Island quoted residents' estimates of the wall's height, which put it at around 6 feet.
"I’m 5-foot-8, and when I’m walking, I see nothing but wall," resident Donna Mcmillen told the Garden Island. "It just doesn’t fit in with the natural beauty that we have here."
Mcmillen called the barrier a "monstrosity.”
"It’s a beautiful island, and, by and large, people care for one another. That would include Mark," resident Shosana Chantara told the newspaper. "In the case of this wall, all he needs to do is take it down, so people have the view and the breeze back. It would end all discussion. That’s all we’re asking."
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The Garden Island reported:
Hall said efforts to contact Zuckerberg have been fruitless.
"Somebody has been putting up signs, appealing to Zuckerberg’s generosity and humanity — polite signs on the wall — but those signs just get ripped off as soon as they appear," he said. "There’s a total disconnect from what the community is concerned about and what he wants."
It's worth noting that not everyone seems to hate the wall; the Garden Island also spoke with Thomas Beebe, a neighbor to the property. He called the wall “attractive," according to the report, an online version of which is simply headlined "Dislike."
"I find that it greatly enhances the natural beauty of the land, appropriately makes use of local materials and serves as a tasteful reminder of an ancient method of defining boundaries," Beebe wrote in a text message to the newspaper.
Software engineer Brian Catlin also defended the project in an AP report, saying that the gripes were coming from "just a few crybabies."
"If they wanted to protect the view, they should have bought that land," Catlin told AP. "He paid a lot of money for that so he can do what he wants with it."
Forbes in 2014 reported that Zuckerberg had purchased the land in Hawaii, which spanned more than 700 acres and cost more than $100 million.