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Newport Beach man refuses to remove 72-foot ship from backyard

June 16, 2011 |  8:19 am

The city of Newport Beach plans to take one of its residents to court after the 65-year-old man has refused to remove a 72-foot antique sailing ship from his backyard.

For years, neighbors of Dennis Holland have complained that the rescued Shawnee, a 1916-built ketch, is an eyesore. Holland had the old ship moved to his backyard to restore it.

"It is an inappropriate use in a residential neighborhood," City Attorney David Hunt told the Daily Pilot. "The city has tried to work with him to get the matter resolved, but he hasn't resolved it, so we will take the next step to protect the residents of the neighborhood."

City officials have wrangled with Holland to wrest a time line from him as to when he proposes to complete his project. They said Holland has never given them a firm date, even though the city gave him a pair of deadlines by granting him two consecutive six-month permits to finish the restoration.

Because of the boat's age, the intensive work to restore it can't be rushed, Holland said, adding that it can't be moved without more damage, he said.

"She's an old lady and needs to be treated like one," he said.


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Photo: Dennis Holland, a Newport Beach resident, is restoring a 72-foot vessel, the Shawnee, in his backyard. Credit: Daily Pilot