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Legendary surf shop can remain in business, Newport Beach Planning Commission decides

April 9, 2011 |  7:01 pm

The Newport Beach Planning Commission approved the Frog House and nearby businesses' applications Thursday night to change their properties' zoning, and if the City Council agrees, the businesses will be able to stay.

The nearly 50-year-old surf shop and its eccentric owner T.K. Brimer drew about 30 supporters to the council chambers, but none of them spoke because the commissioners approved the application without contention.

"Our focus has always been to do the right thing for the city and the individual," commission Chairman Earl McDaniel said after Frog House fans applauded.

A city law intended to displace some drug recovery homes from residential neighborhoods also affects the surf shop, an animal shelter and a party planning store along West Coast Highway near the border of Huntington Beach. As it stands, the zoning on that stretch is for residential uses only.

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--Mike Reicher, Times Community News