CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Beer and wine could flow at bars and pubs in Cape Coral, if some leaders are successful in guiding a new ordinance to passage. The rules would allow micro-breweries and small wine distilleries in the city.
"Great, it'll rejuvenate the area and give people a reason to go out and do stuff," says Cassandra Turpin, a cape resident.
"This is big business and it is well-established in other states and areas. Micro-breweries will provide a boon to the entertainment district in the south cape, and it will help our economic health," says city council member Rana Erbrick. She also heads the Community redevelopment agency that is expected to approve the new rules, in a meeting next week.
However, the owner of Ralph's Place in the south cape, opposes the move. "We have 10 bars in a square mile area now, and we have enough competition. It will hurt the smaller places, like myself," says Bob Burns, owner of Ralph's.
The redevelopment agency, the planning and zoning board, and the city council all must approve micro-breweries, before they could become legal in Cape Coral. It may take unitl the end of the year to achieve that, according to supporters of the move.