City working towards approval of brewery application
CLEARWATER — An application to establish the first onsite beer brewery on Clearwater Beach is making its way through the city’s review process.
City planner Mark Parry confirmed this week that the application remains in process. “We are working on conditions of approval. I’ve given staff until the end of the day on the 30th to get back to me regarding my draft list of conditions.”
The request was returned to the applicant earlier this month for clarification on a few items, including how many new jobs the restaurant will create and where employees will park.
In an update Tuesday, Parry said the applicant expects to create between 14 and 24 new jobs. In regards to employee parking, “Usually, property owners without parking work out some sort of arrangement through the city’s parking division for reduced rates for monthly parking. Other property owners rely on mass transit.”
Paul O’Renick of Clearwater Beach Brewing Co. wants to open the brewery and restaurant. And Richard McKenna, president of Mandalay Building Partnership, which owns a surf shop on the southeast corner of Mandalay Avenue and Baymont Street, wants to construct a new building for the venture.
“We are heading towards approval,” Parry wrote in an email.