NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (CBSLA) — Napster founder and billionaire Sean Parker was levied an interesting penalty for his lavish multi-million wedding in Big Sur five years ago: create an app which shows the public how to find hundreds of beaches and coastal trails up and down California, some of which were previously “hidden.”
Parker followed through, and this week, the California Coastal Commission unveiled the “YourCoast” app, which provides access points for more than 1,600 beaches, trails and parks.
In June of 2013, the 39-year-old Parker wed Alexandra Lenas in an extravagant Lord of the Rings themed wedding in Big Sur that, according to Forbes, carried a price tag of $10 million. Actor Sir Ian McKellen allegedly turned down a $1.5 million offer to officiate the wedding as Gandalf.
When it was said and done, the damage to the forest was so great that Parker forked out another $2.5 million settlement to restore the forest and pay off fines, according to The Mercury News. Part of the settlement included creating the new app.
“This is a case of turning lemons into lemonade,” Lisa Haage, CCC chief of enforcement told the Mercury. “We literally ended up working with some of the world’s best tech engineers to create something that everyone can use and enjoy.”