Brewery could be in jeopardy because of a clerical error

Posted at 11:16 PM, Mar 10, 2017

A clerical error could mean trouble for a brewery.

Crooked Thumb Brewery started operating in Safety Harbor October 2015.

A city official confirmed to ABC Action News before the commission approved the rezoning in the area in 2014, allowing the brewery to open, there were two hearings. Both of those public hearings were supposed to be advertised. Only one of the hearings was advertised, which violated state law.

"To have to move because of a clerical issue and maybe some political stuff that's very disheartening, but honestly I believe that once the election is over and cooler heads prevail people will recognize that what we're doing here is for the good of the community. It's the right thing and I think it'll work out," Kip Kelly, co-founder and CEO of Crooked Thumb Brewery said.

Now the owners of the brewery feel uneasy about the future of the business, considering it will go up for discussion again under a new set of commissioners.

"Breweries are meant to be community meeting spots and we built this place with that in mind," Travis Kruger, co-founder and CEO of Crooked Thumb Brewery said.

The person, who discovered the clerical error, was Chris Nichols. He is the co-owner of MasterCraft Cabinetry, which is the business right across the street from the brewery.

"It wasn't a vengeful thing or anything like that. It was just primarily to make sure that it was done legal," Nichols said.

Nichols feels like the rezoning approval was rushed.

"I hope they're able to remain open so much like I said I requested that if they have to issue a special permit 'cause they're not zoned to be here, whatever (it may be) allow them to operate," Nichols said.

Nichols said his only issue is parking, which the brewery said they are working on.



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