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Zephyrhills to subsidize coffee shop

ZEPHYRHILLS — The city wants to attract new faces to its historic downtown district, where restaurants and mom-and-pop shops line both sides of the streets.

And now the city has a plan to boost at least one startup business in the downtown area.

On Monday evening, the City Council agreed to fork over up to $500 each month to help keep Thanks a Latte, a startup coffee shop, afloat. The money would come from the city's Community Redevelopment Agency.

The council plans to offer funding directly to the building's owner for up to one year to help keep the coffee shop owner's lease low. A new coffee spot could help generate new business in the city's downtown area as a whole, the council concluded.

But money is tight for the city, too. So the council agreed to help this new business on a trial basis. Perhaps the council will discuss plans next year to offer funding to other startups, said Todd Vande Berg, the city's director of development.

In other business, the council also approved a request for $7,525 from the Community Redevelopment Agency to reimburse business owner Marcus Price for half the cost of sprinkler installation at his retail business on Fifth Avenue.

Also, the council appointed Pete Odom to represent the city on the Citizens' Advisory Committee to the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization, a transportation agency.

Zephyrhills to subsidize coffee shop 10/13/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 4:18pm]
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