On the evening of Tuesday, June 22, tech tycoon Terry Semel appeared before the Zoning Board of Appeals at East Hampton's town hall on Pantigo Road.
"I was hoping to come here for a peaceful summer," Mr. Semel, the former CEO of Yahoo, told a board of five councilmen. Flanked by a team of seven lawyers from three different law firms, Mr. Semel proceeded to spend the next 45 minutes pleading the case for a cottage on his Further Lane property-quietly at first. But by the end, he was tearing up behind his signature wire-rimmed glasses, accusing his "land-grabbing" neighbors, Jonathan and Peter Sobel, of "launching World War III" against him, and promising to defeat them. "I don't care how much time it takes, or how much money," he vowed.