George Clooney Joins Fight To Keep Italian Town Small
George Clooney is never shy about praising his Italian retreat in Laglio on the shores of Lake Como. He bought the 15-bedroom Villa Olenadra in 2002 for a steal at $10 million. Unfortunately, town officials would love to steal his privacy and the idyllic nature of the community by implementing a $15 million development along the lake shore. Mr. Clooney, understandably is not pleased by this action — and has threatened to leave the community should the measure go through. From the article,
“The mayor’s current plans include a car park, lifts and a floating walkway, which would lead from the centre of town to a platform right in front of Mr Clooney’s villa. The small public beach next to his villa – which he tried without success to buy two years ago to ensure his privacy – would be paved over to form a piazza, under the plans. Mr Clooney took the unusual step of attending a meeting of the Laglio protest committee this week to add his voice to the chorus of neighbourhood objection.
‘It’s got to stop,’ said the actor-turned-civic protester. ‘I don’t want my presence here affecting the local population. The building work is only being done because I live here. And unless it stops I’m going to have to move.'”
Keep up the good fight, George. These expansion plans for a town of 900 people seem a little extreme and obviously, someone is attempting to cash in on the celebrity association. I love how the floating walkway conveniently ends at George’s home. What better excuse for the paparazzi to camp out and enjoy the view?