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City making accommodations for additional breweries

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Wilmington city staffers are planning for more breweries to come to the Port City. Wilmington city staffers are planning for more breweries to come to the Port City.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Wilmington city staffers are planning for more breweries to come to the Port City.

According to Phil Prete, Senior Planner with the City of Wilmington, city staffers are currently working on a text amendment that would provide specific permitting for breweries.

Prete explained that establishments like restaurants and nightclubs have their own special permits that allow them to operate in the city. He said that five or six brewers have recently contacted the city about bringing their businesses to Wilmington. Prete elaborated that this could revitalize parts of the city.

As the law stands, breweries in the city would be required to set up shop in manufacturing districts. Prete said this is not ideal for beer brewers.

"It's not just manufacturing out the door in trucks," Prete said. "The typical business model is they want pedestrians. They want people to come in and either taste their beer or buy their beer from retail."

Prete said that on May 29, the city will host a public meeting where city residents can give their opinion on breweries coming to the Port City.

Prete said he plans to have the brewery text amendment submitted by early July.

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