NEWPORT BEACH — The city plans to take a local shipwright to court in hopes of forcing him to remove the 72-foot antique sailing ship in his backyard, officials said Wednesday.
"It is an inappropriate use in a residential neighborhood," City Attorney David Hunt said. "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."
Resident Dennis Holland, 65, rescued the Shawnee, a 1916-built ketch, from the scrap yard in 2006. He had the old ship moved to his backyard so he could restore it.
But because of the vessel's size, neighbors around Holland's Back Bay-area home on Holiday Road have since complained to city officials that the Shawnee is an eyesore. For years, city officials have wrangled with Holland to wrest a timeline from him as to when he proposes to complete his project.