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.