Mega-yachts obscure view of Statue of Liberty
The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record
Wealthy enough to own a mega-yacht but too cheap to pay for parking? Just drop anchor next to the Statue of Liberty and soak up the million-dollar views for free.
That was the tactic of Russian-American oil tycoon Eugene Shvidler, who anchored his 370-foot Le Grand Bleu next to Lady Liberty for weeks at a time from April to June.
No sooner did he leave Liberty Bay than Swiss-Italian scion Ernesto Bertarelli parked his 318-foot Vava II in the same waters, followed by German billionaire Reinhold Wuerth in his relatively modest 280-foot Vibrant Curiosity this month.
The antics have obstructed views of the iconic monument and left tourists fuming.
A New Jersey state senator wants to clear the bay of parked mega-yachts for good.
“When Emma Lazarus wrote about America welcoming ‘your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,’ it was not an invitation to billionaire oil tycoons to use the waters surrounding the Statue of Liberty as a parking lot for their yachts,” State Sen. Richard Codey said in a statement Friday.