TAMPA — Hillsborough County commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning Tuesday that allows a Plant City winery to continue serving and selling beer and wine and hosting weddings and fundraisers.
As part of the agreement, the owners of Keel and Curley Winery have three months to construct an acceptable parking lot. In anticipation of the vote, they adjusted their hours and live music schedule to better accommodate the winery's neighbors, owner Joe Keel said.
Keel and Curley opened in 2005 and last fall added its own craft beer. Some rural neighbors complained that the business was surpassing what its zoning allowed — hosting events, selling beer and having patrons park on land zoned for agriculture.
With the rezoning, the winery will continue to brew and sell beer on site, along with its wines.
"We felt like we had a very strong case going into this meeting, but 7-0 was obviously as much as we could ask," Keel said. "Everything went as good as it could have gone."