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Zoning change sought to save famed Newport Beach surf shop

February 19, 2011 |  3:46 pm


A famed Newport Beach surf shop is one step closer to salvation.

The Frog House and other nearby property owners have applied to change the city's Coastal Land Use Plan so they can remain at their Upper West Newport locations.

As it stands, the area is zoned for residential use only. That classification was made in 1973, but wasn't enforced until 2008, when a law was passed that was intended to force some drug and alcohol rehabilitation group homes out of areas incompatible with their mission.

As an unintended consequence, the nearly 50-year-old surf shop found itself out of compliance and faced closure. Its predicament came to light in September and throngs of supporters flocked online, creating a Facebook page to "save the Frog House."

Read the full story here.

-- Mike Reicher, Times Community News

Photo: Cleaning up in front of the Frog House. Credit: Don Leach / Times Community News