BRADENTON -- Motorworks Brewing is one step closer to being able to serve craft beer and spirits.
Brewery owner Denise Tschida and vice president Ann Altman attended the meeting Wednesday of the Bradenton Planning Commission.
"We're just delighted, we're really delighted about the decision of the planning commission," Altman said. "We're excited that people will be able to experience other local spirit companies here in Florida. Of course, they'll have our beer and local wines, and wines from all over the world, and now they can have spirits.".
The Bradenton Planning Commission approved the license by 5-0 vote.
Jason "J.B." Taylor, chairman of the commission, said Motorworks Brewing is making a city precedent and setting a standard for future businesses so the application had to be vetted properly.
During public comment, local business managers spokes about the Motorworks Brewing liquor license application.
Jeanete's Hair Salon owner, Nick Summers, said the business being granted a liquor license could bring in unruly patrons who would vandalize the area and engage in other criminal activity.
"Y'all approved what they started and I want to know if it's going to be a gambling license next?" Summers asked. "I'm worried about the problems I'm going to have. I can't afford to move."
Taylor said the area had improved and gave Summers a list of applicant stipulations to operate.
Jimmy Lake, who works at Bill's Discount Center, said he and the owner of the furniture store are in favor of the business getting a liquor license. He said the surrounding areas will reap the benefits from the brewery's projected popularity.
"I think this is going to help the community over there," said Lake. "I think it will increase the value of our property across the street. We have no objections to them serving liquor."
Motorworks Brewing will go to the Bradenton City Council for liquor license approval at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in council chambers.
Altman and Tschida said if approved by city council, the next step is obtaining a certificate of occupancy license from the Bradenton Planning Commission so they can officially open.
In other action, Taylor resigned as Bradenton Planning Commission chairman to focus on his increasing workload with Fawley Bryant Architects Inc. He's served the board five years, three as chairman.
"Today marks my last day as a member of the planning commission as chair," Taylor said. "I do want to thank everybody for a memorable time."
Tim Polk, director of planning and community development, presented Taylor with a plaque from the city during the meeting. He thanked him for his commitment to the community .
"Again, I thank you for your time and I wish you good luck and great success," Polk said.
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.