BOCA CHICA VILLAGE, Texas – In the fall of 2019, Celia Johnson began to oppose Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX efforts to buy two modest houses he owns near the company’s rocket plant.
She then discovered that a 1,600-gallon water tank had disappeared in one of her rental property houses. Ms. Johnson said she and her neighbors quickly came to the conclusion that SpaceX workers were to blame. SpaceX denied responsibility, but retaliated, she said, as she did when she accused her staff of later breaking into a vacant house and sleeping there.
“SpaceX has been harassing us since the beginning,” she said. “SpaceX employees did what they wanted.”
SpaceX, the manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft controlled by Mr. Musk, is among the richest people in the world, facing a handful of households that have refused to sell their properties in this remote unincorporated village. About 30 small houses on the ranch sit on sandy land near the Mexican border and the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, where SpaceX rockets roar in the sky and then return for landing. Some return to land.
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