Newport Beach saves legendary Frog House surf shop
The Newport Beach City Council has agreed to a zoning change that will save the legendary Frog House surf shop.
About 100 surfers packed a council meeting this week, then cheered when the council unanimously approved the change that will keep the shop open.
"I'm stoked," shop owner T.K. Brimer said after the vote. "The city has treated us very well at every step."
The 50-year-old shop, the Cat Protection Society and another commercial building were caught up in a zoning law intended to reduce the number of drug- and alcohol-rehabilitation facilities in residential neighborhoods. Their properties happened to be in residential zones, according to old city maps.
Barry Scott, 53, who attended the meeting, said he's been visiting the Frog House for 40 years.
"I think it's the best thing the city could do, because it's a historical, cultural and definitely colorful part of Newport Beach," he said.
-- Mike Reicher, Daily Pilot / Times Community News