Tampa gives final approval for Joe microbrewery

06/26/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Over continuing objections from several members of the community, the Tampa City Council today gave final approval today for a brewpub owned by entrepreneur Joe Redner.

Redner’s microbrewery will open in the same building that he manages his businesses in West Tampa. Redner says his intention is to have beer tastings every Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and to sell package beer to go throughout the week.

But several members of the predominantly black neighborhood continued to urge the Council to not grant Redner a wet zoning.

Wilson Robinson Jr. is president of the Carver City & Lincoln Gardens Home Owners Association. He criticized alcohol sales and consumption in the area.

Marcus Harvey is also with the local Home Owners Association. He presented a petition signed by neighbors against the brewpub, and said that the neighborhood didn’t believe any of the Council when they spoke of compromise.

Councilman John Dingfelder said selling alcohol at Redner's Spruce Street facility is already allowed under the current industrial zoning – and that will only happen four times a month.

Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena sympathized with the neighborhood, but said it was only fair – and legal – to allow Redner to go ahead with his business – at least for one year.

But Councilwoman Gwen Miller expressed disappointment with her colleagues for not rejecting Redner - the man who ran against her in a run-off City Council election a year ago.

Redner told the Council that he would also be conducting tours of his microbrewery as well as selling beer produced at his facility.

The Council voted 5-2 in support of Redner’s micropub, with Miller and Council Chair Thomas Scott dissenting.

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