Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Even in the Best of Neighborhoods - Permits Required!

Richard Gere facing $50,000 fine for tree slaughter

New York: Richard Gere is reportedly facing a fine of up to $50,000 for chopping down as many as 200 trees in Pound Ridge in Westchester. The Pretty Woman actor opened the bed-and-breakfast Bedford Post inside a restored farmhouse with wife Carey Lowell in February.

According to Bedford's Record-Review, the deforestation in nearby Pound Ridge to create a paddock for his horses was said to have not gone down too well with the neighbours, reports the New York Post.

Record-Review editor RJ Marx said, "The feeling is that he acted a bit precipitously in clearing the trees. People are somewhat disappointed that he didn't follow procedure."

Marx added, "Rather than seeking the proper channels and permits, he hired someone to cut them down. He's generally a good neighbor. It was out of character."

Another local resident said, "This is a town where money isn't an issue. What matters are good manners and caring about the community. People have been supportive of him, but I'm not sure what he was thinking."

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