Tampa gives final approval for Joe microbrewery listen06/26/08 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.
Rednerâ€™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 didnâ€™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 â€“ and that will only happen four times a month.
Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena sympathized with the neighborhood, but said it was only fair â€“ and legal â€“ to allow Redner to go ahead with his business â€“ 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 Rednerâ€™s micropub, with Miller and Council Chair Thomas Scott dissenting.