Mitt Romney in Dispute Over His Beach Mansion
It's your semi-regular edition of "What's Mitt Romney Up to These Days, Anyway?"
â€śItâ€™s always frustrating to get a building permit on the ocean,â€ť Ann Romney said recently on a San Diego TV station, in a classic example of Ann Romneyisms that are true but probably wouldnâ€™t attract much sympathy among voters were her husband still in politics.
Indeed, if Mitt Romney thought moving across the country would save him from the kinds of impassioned waterfront landowner disputes over public beach access you see all the time on MassachusettsÂ waterfrontsÂ well, he was wrong.
In your Friday edition of â€śWhatâ€™s Mitt Romney up to now that he doesnâ€™t care what you think,â€ť the Los Angeles Times reports that the California Coastal Commission must decide whether he can build that 11,000-square-foot mansion on his property in La Jolla California (youâ€™ll remember it as the one with plans for a car elevator.) Though he already received approval from the San Diego Planning Commission, the Coastal Commission got involved because RomneyÂ attracted the ire of one local citizen “who is known in La Jolla for his commitment to preserving beach access,” as the Times diplomatically phrases it. He’s a man who has since moved away from Romneyâ€™s neighborhood but is still filing a complaint to say that the property was surveyed incorrectly in a way that allows for a bigger structure than should otherwise be there.
Maybe its just because weâ€™re from here, not there, but this story really does evoke the politics of the small, wealthier coastal towns of Massachusetts. One Romney supporter tells the L.A. Times that the neighbors who are complaining about his house â€śdidnâ€™t vote for Gov. Romney and in fact represent the radical left wing,â€ť and hey, we, too, have lots of people who didnâ€™t vote for Gov. Romney. He must feel right at home over there. [L.A Times]
Update:Â An L.A. Times columnist reports that the Romneys have received the Commission’s approval. Bring on the car elevator!
Coastal Commish voted 7-4 for Romney’s La Jolla mansion: “These people have played by the rules & proper thing is to approve project today.”
â€” Robin Abcarian (@robinabcarian) October 11, 2013
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2013/10/11/mitt-romney-dispute-beach-mansion/