Letters to the Editor

DDA provided crucial help in bringing Darwin Brewing to Bradenton

Concern has been voiced because there's a chance Bradenton's Downtown Development Authority may dissolve. Based on my experience in working with the DDA in opening a new brewery across the street from McKechnie Field, the loss of the DDA would be a tremendous setback for the city of Bradenton.

Bradenton DDA's Executive Director Dave Gustafson worked closely with Mayor Wayne Poston to show our management team what they are doing to make Bradenton a wonderful place to live and work. Their enthusiasm for Bradenton was contagious.

We purchased our property a few weeks later, started construction, and opened Darwin Brewing Co. in less than a year after our first visit to Bradenton. We could not have done this without the help of the DDA. Being relatively new to the area, we knew little about zoning laws and other government procedures required to open a production brewery.

The DDA helped guide us and put us in touch with the appropriate government officials and local suppliers who were able to help us open our new business in such a short time.

Bill Cornelius