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Studies: Jump in alcohol-selling merchants helped fuel 'Jersey Shore' feel in Huntington Beach

A pair of community studies of Huntington Beach's downtown scene show a grim picture of the impact the density of bars and alcohol-licensed businesses have had on the city's safety and reputation.

Two local organizations have compiled data highlighting the number of establishments that serve alcohol and the number of bar and restaurant customers who flush into the city's streets. Statistics show Huntington Beach is the city with the most drunk-driving incidents for its size in California. The city has been called the "Jersey Shore" of California.

One of those organizations, Huntington Beach Neighbors, says the city's approach to dealing with filling vacancies downtown has created an area that encourages partying and drinking on weekends and summer nights instead of tourism and a balanced retail area that also serves the local residents.

"Our first objective is to stop having or to slow down the growth of youth bars so we have a better balance of establishments in downtown Huntington Beach," said Richard Plummer, the Neighbors' vice president. "We already have a tourist destination."

Read the full story here.


Is Huntington Beach California's 'Jersey Shore'?

-- Mona Shadia, Huntington Beach Independent / Times Community News

Photo: Richard Plummer, left, Angela Rainsberger and David Rice are with Huntington Beach Neighbors. The group has a study that shows the problems the city has with DUIs and the oversaturation of alcohol licenses in downtown. Credit: Scott Smeltzer / Times Community News

Comments () | Archives (11)

This booze-fueled society promotes alcohol like you can't have fun unless you're imbibing. The truth is, booze sucks. I realized a long time ago that marijuana is by every barometer of evaluation much more enjoyable than liquor. If we want people to use less alcohol, we should allow them the freedom to smoke pot. The sanity begins when we stop criminalizing human behavior.

Lets start a revolution and not what Prohibition was once before and the drinking establishments can do there part. On the other hand why did the Public allow so many to began with? There beancounter knows where the deficits & balance lay. Start talking to your local council and understand,"why".

Just watch a city council meeting, that will tell you everything you need to know.

False arguments, left unchallanged, form false beliefs. Huntingotwn is Surf City USA, nothing else.

i cannot believe HB paid for a study this stupid only to be outdone in stupidity by the results......do you not think if people wanted to drink they wouldn't because there was not alcohol close by....GET REAL....next time you want to just throw money away, let me know i will do a study of stupidity for you

I am 52 and quit drinking a long time ago. It is really funny that alcohol is legal and pot is not. I have had 2 cousins that have died in alcohol related accidents, but never have had anyone die in my large family from smoking too much pot. The laws are ridiculous!

The OC = 909 people with a higher income

Well when you added all the new retail/commercial space, what did you expect to happen???

This is a joke, the city forces us residents to accept the new development and then complain with the party gets too big.


People still drink? You people are idiots. What good is alcohol? It gives you DUI's if you drive , you act like an idiot, drink to the point where you become blackout drunk, can't remember the actions you did, throwing up from over drinking, possibly overdosing and dying from drinking too much, ruining your liver and body over time; I mean seriously?

It is a complete Joke Alcohol is acceptable in our society, but marijuana is not. Yet, alcohol and tobacco are always at our Disposal, even with all of the health consequences and negative aspects.

Legalize marijuana and let adults have the choice of a safer substance than alcohol and tobacco. Let adults pick and choose what they want to use. Legalize marijuana so that law enforcement can focus on more serious problems, like all the drunk people in Huntington Beach.

Here's a simple fix. Have the restuarants that serve alcohol to these drivers take their car keys away upon beginning of intxocation activity and before they pay their alcohol bill ask them to breathe below .08 on an in-house breathalzyer before giving keys back. (Give customers a 10% discount as an incentive to blow into the thing). Also the restuarants that serve alcohol to drivers should hand out free car breathalzyers that the drivers can use to monitor their own BAC level adequately. If none of these simple, common sense solutions don't work, then HB should snag all the licenses of these restaurants that sell alchohol to drivers that endanger out public safety.

why don't you post a link to the two groups who performed these studies, and show the community the statistics they found. Sure you can make your own assumptions about the statistics, but you might want to provide readers with your sources. Not everyone is internet savvy. Not everyone can find the statistics on their own.


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