Ann Romney speaks about La Jolla mansion plans: Former neighbor says he will fight project
California Coastal Commission to decide permits
Last Updated: 69 days ago
SAN DIEGO - The permit battle for Mitt Romney's proposed house in La Jolla may soon be over. The California Coastal Commission will decide on the permits during an Oct. 11 meeting.
The Romneys plan to demolish their 3,000-square-foot beachfront home to make way for an 11,000-square-foot mansion.
10News asked Ann Romney about the process during an interview Tuesday. She was making the media rounds promoting a new cookbook.
"It's always frustrating to get a building permit on the ocean," she said. "But it's good."
One of the Romneys' former neighbors, architect Tony Ciani, has been trying to halt the project. He has filed several appeals.
"I do not believe that they own the beach," Ciani told 10News.
Ciani claims Romney's plans include an expansion that would stretch onto the sand.
"They're claiming that land is their private land," said Ciani. "And I'm claiming ... No, it's the city beach."
The California Coastal Commission will decide where Romney can build and where he cannot.
"Everything is fine," said Ann Romney. "We don't concern ourselves with that. We're on with our lives and on with other things."
If they approve the current plans, Romney's new basement will be larger than his current home.
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