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Protesters rally to save sailboat

Newport Beach resident Dennis Holland has until April 30 to relocate The Shawnee, the 72-foot ship that he's restoring on his side yard, which is in violation of a city ordinance.

March 24, 2012|By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot

"This is not about a boat," Hill wrote, "but is about conducting an industrial function in a residential zoned neighborhood. If Mr. Holland really cared about the boat he would have found a proper place to reconstruct the large vessel years ago when first noticed by the city that the construction was illegal in a residential neighborhood.  I am afraid it has been more of a game with Mr. Holland than a concern over the boat."

Similarly, Councilman Michael Henn mentioned the necessity to follow the council's process.

"I appreciate the enthusiasm of their supporters and their support of nautical heritage," Henn said. "But the problem that we have here is that our resident zoning requirements do not allow for boat yards, and that's essentially the case. The city has been very patient with Mr. Holland and part of the problem is he's never been able to offer a firm timeline on when he'll be able to complete the project. It's now time for him to find another place, an actual boat yard. And I hope he is successful with that. "

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Holland's wife of 42 years, Betty Holland, said that the legal side of the issue and the long-term battle with the city has been stressful for her husband.  

"Just let him finish it," she said. "Let him build it and get it out of there. Quit dragging it on. He's spent more time fighting City Hall than he has building the boat. If he could just finish it, it would solve a lot of these problems."

Protesters are planning a second appearance outside the March 27 Newport City Council meeting at 7 p.m., according to their Facebook Event Page "Save The Shawnee."

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