Tampa Bay Business Journal: November 1, 2013

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses the future of Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, how problems in Washington are not affecting Florida's economy, and the proposed expansion to Cigar City Brewing.

It's been a fixture on the St. Pete waterfront since 1947, but now Al Lang Stadium days could be numbers.

The stadium is the current home for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Earlier this year it hosted a professional lacrosse game.

The City of St. Petersburg is creating several plans what do with the facility. In a recent survey, people wrote Al Lang Stadium should not remain in its current configuration. One idea being floated is replacing it with a soccer-specific stadium.

The recent turmoil in Washington with the government shutdown does not to appear to be hurting the Florida economy. According to TD Bank Financial Beata Caranci, one reason is the housing recovery is underway.

"We're at a point in the cycle where activity on the government side is less impactful because the private side is stronger," said Caranci.

Tampa's Cigar City Brewing Company owner Joey Redner wants to expand his latest endeavor. He is looking for a spot for Cigar City Cider and Mead, an operation he opened in 2012.

Redner wanted to move the cider business to a location in Ybor City near 7th Avenue and 15th Street. But that space presented problems so he is currently adding space at the current Cigar City Brewing facility on Spruce Street.

"If Ybor City becomes available, we may go that route as well," Redner said.

An expansion of the Spruce Street site was recently completed. Redner added a new brew house, tank farm and packaging area.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left, go to youtu.be/ag_KhLtpGQo or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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