Landmark surf shop 'detracts' from area, Newport Beach says, but it's expected to be allowed to remain
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."
-- Mike Reicher, Daily Pilot / Times Community News
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