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Palm Beach Billionaire David Koch’s Privacy Fence a No-No!

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Palm Beach Billionaire David Koch’s Privacy Fence a No-No!

David Koch's Palm Beach house, from the beach (NY Social Diary)

New York billionaire David Koch was forced to pull down a privacy fence recently erected around his Palm Beach property.

David Koch (Forbes.com)

Koch’s staff put up the country-style camouflage net after camera crews from a liberal group filmed the 30,000-square-foot beachfront manse, which is estimated by property tax authorities to be worth $27 million!

But passersby complained about the set up. Camouflage motives aren’t appreciated on the island like they are in, say, Alabama or Koch’s native Kansas!

And this being Palm Beach, things were handled nice and easy on the down low.

Koch, 71, No. 4 on the Forbes 400 with $25 billion, eventually had the netting pulled down.

“Mr. Koch’s house is a landmark and for most changes, he has to seek permission from the (Town of Palm Beach) Landmarks Preservation Commission,” said architect Gene Pandula, a former landmarks commissioner.

According to records, the energy magnate sugar daddy of the anti-government spending Tea Party had not sought permission to shield the property.

Rookie landmarks commissioner Ted Cooney, 25, fielded some of the complaints and handled it diplomatically. He made a couple off-the-record calls to Koch, and that took care of it. Neither Cooney nor Koch’s staff replied to requests for an
interview.

The fence went up in early summer after the guerrilla video Brave New Foundation, run by Hollywood producer Bob Greenwald, got kicked off the property by a security guard and town police.

The foundation is working on documentaries for the website Koch Brothers Exposed. The video below shows Greenwald’s crew knocking on the doors of some of homes owned by David and brother Charles Koch, who shares David’s No. 4 ranking in the Forbes 400.

In one scene, elderly people shoot the breeze about the Kochs’ lobbying efforts while pick-nicking on the beach in front David Koch’s modest Palm Beach pied-a-terre. (See the video below)

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