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California judge says backyard boat must shove off

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – A Southern California man who’s been restoring a 72-foot antique boat in his yard has been ordered to move the vessel.

The Los Angeles Times reports a judge issued a preliminary injunction last week saying 65-year-old Dennis Holland must move the boat before a trial to determine its long-term fate begins April 30.

Holland may face fines of $1,000 a day if he doesn’t move it, which he tells the Times (
http://lat.ms/wHGuhS) is impossible at this stage.

He has been restoring the 1916 ketch called the Shawnee in his Newport Beach yard since 2006 and had a permit to do it, but it expired last year when he refused to give a completion date.

The City Council then voted to pursue legal action.

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