Battle over backyard boat appears headed to court

June 17, 2011 - 2:29 AM

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The battle over a backyard boat restoration project appears to be headed to a Newport Beach court.

The Orange County Register says Dennis Holland has been restoring the century-old 72-foot boat in his backyard since 2006 and has angered some neighbors by keeping the ship on his property.

The City Council voted Tuesday to pursue a court order to get Holland to move the boat off the property.

Holland had a permit for the work but it expired in January. Talks to extend it broke down because Holland refused to give city officials an expected completion date for the project.

Holland's friend Don Rypinski, who has been trying to mediate the dispute, tells the Register they are hopeful an agreement can be reached before any legal action is taken.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com