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July 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Lottery winner fined for clearing brush, trees on San Juan Island

An out-of-state multi-million dollar lottery winner has been fined $79,000 by the state for illegally xxx  (Photo / Washington State Department of Ecology)

An out-of-state multi-million dollar lottery winner has been fined $79,000 by the state for illegally clearing land on San Juan Island. The cleared land is on the right. (Photo / Washington State Department of Ecology)

The Associated Press

Washington state regulators have fined a property owner $79,000 for illegal clearing sensitive shoreline on San Juan Island.

The Department of Ecology last week issued two penalties to Orca Dreams LLC for illegally cutting down at least 80 trees and allowing polluting material to enter False Bay.

KUOW-reports that Orca Dreams was formed by Dave Honeywell, a Virginia man who won a $217 million Powerball lottery last year. He plans to develop the stretch of shoreline into his retirement home and family compound.

Friday Harbor lawyer Stephanie Johnson O’Day is representing Honeywell and his wife. She says they accept responsibility for their contractor clearing more brush than they wanted. She says the couple will appeal the fine.

The state has ordered a restoration plan by the end of August.

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