Opposition grows in Rotterdam over bridge dismantling

A spokesperson for the city of Rotterdam said the mid-section of the century-old "Koningshavenbrug," know by locals as "De Hef," will be removed this summer to make way for a yacht with 131-ft masts, but declined to comment on who owns the ship.

Rotterdam resident Matthias Van Der Wilt called the plans "stupid", adding "the more money you have, the more power you get, even though it goes against principles of the city."

Rotterdam broadcaster Rijnmond reported that the yacht is owned by Jeff Bezos.

Officials at yacht builder Oceanco and representatives for Bezos did not respond to requests for comment.

The vessel, known as Y721 during construction, will measure 139 yards, making it the largest sailing yacht in the world when it launches later in 2022, according to figures published by Boat International.