Romneys approved to build beachfront mansion in California

LOS ANGELES Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:44pm EDT

Former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, can demolish their beachfront home in a tony enclave near San Diego and build a larger 11,000-square-foot replacement, the California Coastal Commission ruled on Friday.

A neighbor of the Romneys had sought to block the project on the grounds that the couple's property in La Jolla was too small to justify a house of that size, under regulations determining the ratio between lot and house sizes, according to documents before the commission.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, was estimated during his 2012 presidential campaign to have a net worth of up to $250 million.

The Coastal Commission voted 7-4 at a meeting in San Diego to deny the appeal and allow the project to go forward, said Sarah Christie, spokeswoman for the panel.

The Romneys' neighbor had contended the couple had wrongly claimed a sandy beach area as part of their property to win approval for a larger house than they would otherwise be allowed to build, the commission report said.

Coastal Commissioner Greg Cox said the Romneys' proposed house will not be "intrusive or blocking the views that people have right now," according to a report from the City News Service.

The couple's current house in La Jolla measures 3,100 square feet (288 square meters), Christie said. The planned home is approaching three times the size of the existing home, and will have two stories and a basement.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Lisa Shumaker)

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Comments (3)
barbarajordan wrote:
I feel sorry for the people where Romney lives. It was a waste of money and time to take this reptile to court, you should have known that he would win. Romney was able to fool these people, because he and little annie have that sense of entitlement. How dare you stop them, and he normally get what he wants, except for the presidency. To glad that didn’t happen

Oct 12, 2013 1:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
barbarajordan wrote:
I feel sorry for the people where Romney lives. It was a waste of money and time to take this reptile to court, you should have known that he would win. Romney was able to fool these people, because he and little annie have that sense of entitlement. How dare you stop them, and he normally get what he wants, except for the presidency. To glad that didn’t happen

Oct 12, 2013 1:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gcf1965 wrote:
“Romney was able to fool these people, because he and little annie have that sense of entitlement.” – So if you work for a living and become successful, it is entitlement, even when it oes before a voting body and is approved, yet when moochers like so many Obama supporters are, demand to be supported off teh work of others, you no doubt are ok with that. You are a pathetically blind and stupid individual barbara

Oct 15, 2013 11:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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