It is very hard to understand the city of Newport Beach. Do they not enjoy the revenue brought in by local businesses? If they are going to get rid of businesses in residential areas, does that mean they will no longer enjoy the revenue from all the home-based businesses that also pay for business licenses ("Public support holds sway," Oct. 20)?
Does this mean that they are going to tear down Marine Avenue and Agate Avenue on Balboa Island? They are both in residential areas. However, they are zoned for mixed use. I cannot imagine the businesses on PCH were not in at least a mixed-use zone. Businesses need to be approved by the city to open for operation.
If the businesses disappear, who is going to want to live on that stretch of PCH? There are already numerous walls protecting the homes from the road noise — on both sides of PCH between Superior and the Santa Ana River bed. Do we, the taxpayers, not pay for these walls? On a similar stretch of PCH near downtown Huntington Beach there are condos where businesses used to be. They are always for sale. The noise from PCH is deafening. No one wants to live on a highway.