Tampa, FL. – It took 13 hours over three weeks, but developer Blake Casper’s dream to convert a historic Bayshore Boulevard estate into a private club — with booze sold until the wee hours and five rooms for overnight guests — won City Council approval Thursday.
After six hours of testimony, council members voted 5-2 to approve an alcohol permit and rezoning for the Stovall House, which sits on 2.6 acres in the Bayshore Beautiful neighborhood.
Council members Charlie Miranda and Mike Suarezv voted against the proposal.
In August, dozens of supporters and opponents took turns at the microphone dueling over Casper’s vision until 1 a.m.
On Thursday, Casper’s attorneys, his supporters and the developer himself remained mostly silent while opponents again raised concerns about parking, traffic, noise and drunk driving in the residential neighborhood surrounding the mansion.