The mayor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has disputed allegations that the city intends to demolish a 145-year-old bridge in order for Jeff Bezo’s superyacht to be released from its docking facility.
Y721, the former Amazon CEO’s yacht, is scheduled to depart from the Oceanco shipyard in neighboring Alblasserdam, according to reports in the Dutch media on Wednesday. The local council has agreed to remove the middle piece of the Koningshaven Bridge, according to reports in the Dutch media.
However, according to Algemeen Dagblad, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam stated on Thursday that the city council has not reached a decision on the topic — not even “an application for a permit.”
Aboutaleb argued that he must first “understand” the realities of the situation, despite the fact that his spokesman had stated that the project would need to go since the Nieuwe Maas is “the sole access to the sea” from Oceanco, according to the Associated Press.
And the mayor made it clear that, if the project were to move through, Bezos would be responsible for covering the costs.
In spite of the fact that the bridge was completed in 1878 and restored after it was damaged by the Nazis in 1940 during World War II, the proposal would be extremely unpopular. The local government performed a substantial repair to the bridge in 2017 and has guaranteed that it would not demolish the structure in the future.
In response to the “fuss” surrounding the matter, Aboutaleb said that the media had exaggerated the situation. However, a Facebook effort to organize an egging of Y721 as it sails down the river has garnered hundreds of sympathizers, according to The New York Times.
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Pablo Stormann, one of the organizers of the “Throwing eggs at superyacht Jeff Bezos” event, remarked that “Rotterdammers are proud of their city and do not pull down classic structures simply because you are incredibly rich.” He admitted that he formed the group “mostly” as a joke.
Why hadn’t anyone thought of measuring this before? Even while it appears that the yacht builder should have known what he was getting into, it is not Bezos’ responsibility if his supplier is incompetent in this instance.
The yacht is nauseatingly extravagant, but that is due to the fact that it is far too large, which is a design and construction problem. They may, on the other hand, move it within the city limits and utilize it as a homeless shelter.
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