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Clearwater Beach may get its first craft beer pub

Paul O’Renick of Clearwater Beach Brewing Company wants to open the brewery and restaurant. And Richard McKenna, president of the Mandalay Building Partnership that owns a retail store on the southeast corner of Mandalay Avenue and Baymont Street, wants to construct a new building for the venture.

Currently, the 64-year-old building at 499 Mandalay Ave. is the location of the Mandalay Surf Company, a one-stop shop for boarders established in 1979. The store sells surfboards, skimboards, skateboards and beach apparel. The building is adjacent to the north side of Pelican Walk Plaza, which contains the Jolley Trolley’s headquarters, restaurants, retail shops, a salon and spa, and other businesses.

According to the application, Mandalay Building Partnership is seeking city approval to demolish the existing structure to make way for a 3,900-square-foot, two-story building, which by city standards is 75 percent of the building capacity for the .12 acre lot in the restaurant and retail district zone. The total value of the project upon completion is estimated at $2.5 million.

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