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Historic Shawnee to be Dismantled by September

Resident Dennis Holland's restoration of his 72-foot boat has come to an end.

He's been restoring his historic boat -- -- alongside his Newport Beach home for the past six years, but come September Dennis Holland's massive ship must be packed away.

Holland had been working on the boat on his Holiday Road property for quite some time, but city officials said the work was in violation of a city law adopted in 2009. Newport Beach reached a tentative settlement of its dispute with Holland last month, however city officials said it was inaccurately reported that Holland would be able to rebuild the boat in his backyard.

In a statement issued by the city on Monday, the terms of the settlement were outlined. According to the news release, the city did not agree to allow Holland to rebuild the boat in the backyard of his property stating, "the city informed Mr. Holland, prior to settling the lawsuit, that due to the sheer size of the boat, the city did not believe the boat could be restored on the property without violating the provisions of the Newport Beach Municipal Code."

As part of the settlement, Holland admitted his restoration project violated the city's code, has until September 1 to disassemble the Shawnee and is required to remove the boat parts from his property or store them in a way that does not violate any city codes.

In March Holland told Patch the 72-foot ship was built for one of the founding fathers of Newport Beach and was the first ship to sail through the Panama Canal and said it is a piece of Newport Beach history that "should be preserved."

Suppporters have created the web site, SaveShawnee.com to raise awareness about Holland's city issue. He is scheduled for a compliance hearing on September 12.

Do you think Holland's boat should be able to stay in his yard? Tell us in the comments.

Ava May 08, 2012 at 05:42 PM
The Shawnee is a piece of history and Newport has a nautical museum, so the wise men of Newport what do they do? They spend more than 100K fighting the issue to have it torn down, as opposed to restoring it! Now back to Lido Village and that successful Farmer's Market and the 12x12 plot of land being developed on Dover & PCH and Oh let's not forget Banning Ranch!
Mike May 09, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Ava, You have absolutely no idea of what you are talking about. You most likely live in a tent under the bridge somewhere. If you had the money it takes to buy a house in a prestigious negihborhood like this, you too would be "up to your neck" with totally plummeting home values because this "nut" thought he could rebuild the Titanic in his "side" yard. The dilpitated hulk is bad enough after many years to justify, and the sawdust and other "issues" would be of concern to health issues as well. But, you chose to "blame" Newport officials right? You are a nit wit. Why don't you buy the house on the side the ship is "docked" and see how you like it?
Lynn Beck May 10, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Honest to God, this is the most ridiculous thing ever! People have been rehabbing boats in boat yard, not back yards for years. This man has had nothing but time to get this done and then the city in their infinite wisdom deems it okay for him to move it to his back yard to annoy the other neighbors behind him. He should have to obey the law like everyone else!!
Frank June 29, 2012 at 03:33 PM
We lived on Holiday Rd for 14 yrs. Glad this nonsense is finally coming to an end. I remember getting cited for leaving my 12' motorcycle trailer parked in the street for one night while Mr.Holland parked a friggin 40' horse trailer in front of this house for a month or so. That barn was build over a 5 yr span; everybody else is cited if their construction project doesn't show progress within weeks. Local media has been sympathetic to this guy. Cancer, blah blah blah. We all have problems, what makes him so special?
CDC April 25, 2013 at 08:51 PM
I can see you are new to Newport Beach. Back in the 30s,40's, 50's, and 60's MANY MANY people stored and moved boats in their NB yards to and from the beach without rich intolerant neighbors having a coronary attack. Please move back from where ever you came from and make NB a friendly place again! http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_3D7r7cBXdMs/SrhUfWStBoI/AAAAAAAABXw/O4KTmRBBXng/s320/IMG_0027.jpg http://www.balboapavilion.com/daveyslocker04.jpg http://minneys.blogspot.com/2011/09/rescue-me-please.html

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