Date: May 2021
Logan moved his businesses from California to Dorado Beach, a location in Puerto Rico known to draw wealthy people from the mainland, and he and Jake allegedly moved into a $10 million beachfront mansion. Refinery29 explored why the brothers chose to move there, primarily due to tax breaks, and pointed out how insensitive they were when talking about the island. “I thought it was more third world than I suspected,’’ the YouTuber said on his Impaulsive podcast. “So I went out there to scout it, and I just fell in love with it.” Puerto Rico’s government has been offering tax breaks to attract wealthy people and businesses to move to the island and boost the economy after Hurricane Maria, adding new policies that allow foreigners to pay little to no income taxes. All they have to do is live there six months out of the year and purchase property. Yet those sorts of tax breaks are not given to native residents.
While staying in Puerto Rico, Jake also violated some rules. In May 2021, authorities investigated him on the island for driving on a beach during turtle nesting season. Videos on his Instagram Story showed him and his team driving on the beach in a cart. Rafael Marchargo Maldonado, Puerto Rico’s natural and environmental resources secretary, released a statement confirming the investigation. “I have ordered an investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the use of two motor vehicles on beaches that are presented to be in Puerto Rico,” Marchargo Maldonado said in a statement. “Some media have published today a video of the influencer Jake Paul in a motor vehicle on the beach, an activity that is prohibited, apart from law enforcement agencies. Although the video does not establish where or when it was carried out, the DNER reminds citizens that this type of activity is prohibited by law to protect the environment and the species that can nest or live on the beaches.” He added, “Those who violate the law face fines and other penalties, if applicable.”