Thank you for giving me the ability to explain our request. There have been several misconceptions as to what we are requesting including several misconceptions on the redeveloping and potential for future use of the property.
The request being made to Tampa City Council is for a 4-COP incidental wet zoning. The emphasis is on the "incidental."
Hotels often have this same type of wet zoning because it is incidental to the rental of rooms also including movie theaters, spas, bouquets, bowling alleys, tea rooms, jewelry stores, art galleries and other business where the sale and consumption is incidental to the business have this type of wet zoning.
Both businesses are proposed to be operated as a single entity still requiring the incidental provision to the wet zoning.
Will a 4-COP incidental allow for a package or liquor store? The answer is NO.
The sale of alcohol would have to be incidental to the nature of the other business a package store is a principal use for the sale of alcohol not incidental so it would not be allowed, as for the convenience store, a condition can be placed on the property to prohibit a convenience store. We would agree to such a condition.
Can the site be a bar or lounge? Again, the answer is NO.
The use of the site as a bar or lounge is a principle is for the sale of alcohol and would not be allowed.
I think you and most of the neighborhood know us by now, us people who are only trying to improve Seminole Heights for the present and in the future.
We would like to invite you and everyone to the Bistro on Sunday May 18, 2008 at 3:00pm to answer any questions or concerns.
We look forward to seeing you.
Thursday, May 15, 2008