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Seminole Heights bar gets parking needed to open

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS - Tribune staffThe owner of a proposed new bar on Florida Avenue – Red Star Rock Bar – has cleared a major hurdle in his efforts to secure required parking spaces for his business. State highway officials have agreed to lease an adjoining vacant lot to bar owner Paul Medrano as of April 1. Medrano said the next step is to secure permits to pave the lot, located at the corner of Florida and Giddens Avenue. “We’re getting the permits pulled,” Medrano said. “Nothing goes fast.” Tampa City Council gave initial approval to sales of beer, wine and liquor at Red Star Rock Bar in October 2012. The approval came with the stipulation that Medrano would show council members a parking plan before the final vote. Since then, council has granted seven extensions including the latest extension approved at its regular meeting on Thursday.
A final vote is scheduled for May 16. Red Star Rock Bar would be at 5210 N. Florida Ave., next to Napa Auto Parts shop, and along a strip that includes The Refinery, Cappy’s Pizza and The Independent. FDOT granted the lease for five years, said spokeswoman Kris Carson. Looking ahead, she said, “We will market the property to try to sell it.” Some council members raised concerns about nearby neighbors being disturbed by late night music. So, council placed a ban on outdoor amplified music at the bar after 10:30 p.m. The bar’s name and a mural on the outer wall recall the 1960s rock n’ roll era. But Medrano said Red Star Rock Bar will feature soft, conversational music. Special events will highlight local artists and fashion.

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