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."
-- 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