Tampa's strip club king opens park for protesters

TAMPA - The city's strip club king is opening a private park he owns for Occupy Tampa protesters.

The Tampa Tribune   reports that Joe Redner is hosting a community luncheon for protesters and others at the park in west Tampa Saturday afternoon.

The activist group Food Not Bombs will distribute clothes, blankets and food at the event.

Occupy Tampa protesters have maintained a presence in a waterfront park in downtown Tampa since Oct. 9. It grew out of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York protesting economic and social inequality.

Redner owns the city's best-known strip club, Mons Venus. He's also a community activist who has unsuccessfully run for public office a number of times through the years.