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Landmark surf shop 'detracts' from area, Newport Beach says, but it's expected to be allowed to remain

Owner TK Brimer wants to stay and preserve the 50-year-old Frog House surf shop on West Coast Highway.

The Frog House surf shop expects to take another leap toward preservation Thursday when the Newport Beach Planning Commission reviews its application to remain at its location.

A city law intended to displace some drug recovery homes from residential neighborhoods also threatens the 50-year-old landmark shop, as well as an animal shelter and a party planning store. City planners recommended approving their application, but had some reservations.

The staff report reads: "Although the Frog House has a strong following that supports its continued economic success, aesthetically, the property detracts from the overall district."

Owner TK Brimer said he was concerned that city officials may decide that his eclectic building doesn't fit in with their vision for Newport Beach. "Not all of Newport needs to look like Newport Coast," he said. "Our store, it harkens back to an earlier beach scene."

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Photo: Owner TK Brimer wants to stay and preserve the 50-year-old Frog House surf shop on West Coast Highway. The Newport Beach Planning Commission will review its application to stay in business Thursday. Credit: Don Leach / Times Community News

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Let the Frog House stay!

It isn't possible for any 'store' to detract from Newport. Newport does it all by itself without help. Just ask it's 'city council' of crooks!

Frog House is an landmark in West Newport. Allowing recently imposed zoning regulations to affect this business is a travesty at best. One has to ask why any of the businesses located right on PCH would ever be affected. Many have been there since parking on PCH was dirt with no meters. Changing the regulations to remove the rehab houses makes sense. Placing these individuals in the midst of vacationers and college students is pure temptation. It was a bad decision to do so. Government needs to be based on common sense, not agendas and purely stupid decisions. We need more successful business people in government positions who will make good, rational decision. Save the Frog House!

A surf shop? In Newport Beach? What's wrong with people? Imagine; thinking that a beach town is an appropriate location for a surf shop.

Next thing you know, they'll have the gall to open stores that sell bathing suits and sunscreen.

I used to live in south HB, and when I read the headline I wondered if they were talking about Frog House. I haven't driven the area in a while but don't see any reason it should go. I've always thought the place was appropriate for that stretch of PCH and not really bothering anybody. go Frog House!!

Frog house = cool!
City council of Newport Beach= Not cool!

Never liked the city to begin with, just another reason not to.

Don't people realize that places like the Frog House add character to a neighborhood?

Aesthetically, it may not be pleasing, but if that's the issue residents have with the business, doesn't that lead one to believe that the Council's main concern is the preservation of property values as opposed to business' and jobs?

Not everyone wishes to live in a "bland" neighborhood.

I'm not surprised the snobs there in Newport Beach want to close down the surf shop. Humph. I hope the Frog House stays open and remains prosperous!

Hey NBPC!!! Lay off the Frog House & the animal shelter. Not too sure about the party planning store.


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