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Romneys Face Appeal of Planned Home Expansion in La Jolla

The Coastal Commission will hear an appeal Friday on the efforts of Mitt Romney to demolish his La Jolla home on Dunemere Drive to build a structure more than three-times larger.

File photo of the Romney's home in La Jolla.
File photo of the Romney's home in La Jolla.

The state Coastal Commission, meeting in Mission Valley tomorrow, will consider a La Jolla architect's attempt to stop former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney from demolishing his 3,100-square-foot oceanfront home in La Jolla to build an 11,000-square-foot mansion.

The San Diego Planning Commission's approval of Romney's planned redevelopment in June is being appealed to the state Coastal Commission by longtime La Jolla resident Anthony Ciani.

Because the property fronts the ocean, the Coastal Commission has the ultimate say on what can and cannot be built there.

Opponents have argued the mansion would limit public beach access, but the Romney's also have supporters among their neighbors, who have expressed support for the project.     If approved, the house would be two stories over a basement, with a pool, spa, retaining walls and seawall on a lot that  is less than a half-acre.

Coastal Commission staffers have recommended denying the appeal.

—City News Service

Cheryl October 11, 2013 at 12:12 AM
They need to stop him from taking over large sections of land just because he has the money to do so. He's trying to build more than a house ... it's a religious CULT.
James Peden October 11, 2013 at 05:41 AM
All religions are cults.
Jack White October 11, 2013 at 06:47 AM
some better than others
Della Jean Germain October 11, 2013 at 08:56 AM
just another spoiled twit
Diane Banning Stanley October 11, 2013 at 08:59 AM
3100 square feet isn't big enough??? Sheesh...
Paula Venier October 11, 2013 at 09:00 AM
Sounds as if someone is green with envy. Would you be so hostile if Brad & Angelina were wanting to build a compound? ...not so much, is my guess.
BassGreat October 11, 2013 at 09:17 AM
Well, it's certainly shy of of the 55,000 square feet of the White House they thought they'd be dwelling in.
jim fish October 11, 2013 at 09:22 AM
READ the story, Cheryl. He is replacing an EXISTING home on LESS THAN 1/2 acre. Just the addition of a second story on ANY house doubles the sq. footage, and a 'walk-out' or 'daylight' basement triples the living space of a ground floor alone. Hardly, "...taking over large sections of land...." Get a grip!! Oh, the envy!!!!
mike October 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Romney...you can't build that !
Chris Fitzgerald October 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Ha ha money can't buy EVERYTHING.
Shane Patrick October 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM
I wonder if his new house will be designed to look like the White House?
Daniel Farr October 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Maybe he needs the room for the dressage horse and the list of all the offshore bank accounts stuffed with Bain Capital money? I mean, come on, you can't ask this man to suffer in 3,000 Sq feet.
Margo Stapleton October 11, 2013 at 02:19 PM
About Brangelina.....they do have several children to house, but Romney's are supposedly all adults. Not much need for such a huge house when it's just Mitt and Anne, I'd say. We got along fine in less than 3000 Sq. ft. with 7 of us in the home.
Ira L. Marks October 11, 2013 at 03:15 PM
sure hope this isn't the same property where he has the underground parking garage?
Carol McElheney October 11, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Latest update: The teardown and McMansion remodel has been approved! Big surprise! Money CAN buy you love.
Della Jean Germain October 13, 2013 at 01:07 AM
perhaps this is his pretend white house..lol..he couldn't get into the real white house.
Christy Schisler October 14, 2013 at 01:47 PM
No surprise that the local Coastal Commission office recommended denial of the appeal. They (local office) are in bed with developers. Note the rezoning and destruction of a valuable piece of coastal dependent property in Pt Loma, so that 47 "LUXURY" condos can be built, resulting in the loss of 8 businesses in the marine trades.
Ann October 15, 2013 at 03:01 PM
What happed to the days when you could build whatever you wanted to on your OWN LAND? Our freedom is gone, even our health insurance. Disgusting.

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