NEWPORT BEACH — It looks like the legendary Frog House surf shop is going to survive the city's new zoning enforcement changes, but without the same outpouring of public support it received, some nearby businesses may not be able to stay in their residentially zoned areas.
A 22-year-old Balboa Peninsula tattoo parlor and a dentist who has been operating by Newport Harbor High School for almost 30 years are two examples of businesses that will also have to rely on the city to approve their commercial use.
Due to an unintended consequence of a 2008 ordinance that restricted rehab homes, the city is now forced to remove other types of businesses from residentially zoned districts. Some of these shops have been operating for decades. Now city officials, property owners and neighbors have to ask if businesses fit in their neighborhoods and if they should make some special accommodations.
"I don't think I'll have hordes of people demonstrating for me," said Arnold Frankenberger, whose dental office is attached to his home across Irvine Avenue from Newport Harbor High. "I'm trusting in the city to do something about it."