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Redner gets wet zoning

TAMPA — Despite objections from neighbors, the City Council on Thursday gave Joe Redner official approval for a wet zoning at his business headquarters on Spruce Street near Dale Mabry Highway.

Redner, owner of the Mons Venus nude club, intends to open a microbrewery in the warehouse that holds his offices, complete with five-course meals and beer tastings four times per month. He received preliminary approval earlier this month.

Neighbors complained the business would bring too much traffic and said it would be a bad influence. After they again aired their grievances Thursday, council members summoned Redner to their chambers and delayed their vote until he could arrive and promise he would be a good neighbor.

Council members were sufficiently persuaded, approving the request on a 5-2 vote.

"If it were a bar, I would vote no, no, no for your neighborhood," council member John Dingfelder said. "But this is a different use."

The council tried to address neighborhood concerns by allowing the wet zoning for one year as a sort of trial run and by limiting hours to 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. one day per week.

Redner gets wet zoning 06/26/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 1:35pm]
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