NEWPORT BEACH — When the City Council restricted long-term backyard ship restoration in residential neighborhoods, it was pretty clear whose project officials had in mind.
Dennis Holland was pulling apart his 72-foot wooden sailboat Shawnee aside his home, in a quiet neighborhood near the Back Bay.
More than a year later, he's still working on it.
Holland's permit to finish the boat's reconstruction expires Jan. 16 and before the city extends it, officials are demanding a completion date. With more than half the work remaining, materials coming from afar, and the boat's internal beams exposed, he says he can't estimate a date.
Unless Holland or the city takes a different tack, it looks like they'll be on a collision course.
"He's got to remove the boat if he's not completed with it," said acting Planning Director Jim Campbell. "If he wants more time, one thing I would like to know is when he can finish the boat. That seems logical to me."