Celebrity Wedding Prompting Investigation in Santa Barbara County

Posted on Friday, August 26, 2011 8:42am

A celebrity wedding which brought stars, but also traffic, street closures, and television news helicopters to Montecito is now triggering an investigation.

Santa Barbara County planning officials say they will look at possible violations as a result of Kim Kardashian’s wedding to basketball star Chris Humphries last Saturday (8/20) at a Montecito estate.  Officials say based on reports about the number of guests on hand, estimated at around 400, it would have required a special permit, which would have then led to a review of potential impacts on neighbors.

A bigger question is whether it was technically a wedding, because it was being taped for a television special.  If producers actually rented the estate, as opposed to Kardashian, it might be considered a commercial use, requiring much more scrutiny.

Some Montecito residents are upset over the impacts of the wedding, including traffic issues, and the noise from television news helicopters hovering over the community.

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