NEWPORT BEACH — More than 100 surfers swelled the City Council Chambers on Tuesday as the council voted to allow their beloved shop, the Frog House, to remain in business.
By unanimously approving a zoning change for the store's West Newport property, the council caused cheers from the crowd.
"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.
Councilman Steve Rosansky, who represents the area and who previously spoke in favor of the shop, abstained from voting because he owns property nearby.