TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa’s Stovall house is on the national register of historic places and the owner wants to turn the mansion into a swanky social club allowing booze and overnight stays.
To do that, zoning has to be updated and some neighbors are still pushing back. Now they’re fighting in court to make sure no alcohol can be sold in a residential neighborhood.
The iconic house, built in 1909 is stunning and sits on prime land. Owner, Blake Casper fought a tough road to be able to renovate parts of the home and turn it into an exclusive membership club. The Tampa city council voted and approved Casper’s plans last fall. Many who are against it feared it would give way to more developers coming in to build high rise condos.
The Keep Bayshore Beautiful group, who spearheaded many protests and attended many meetings, continues to fight against the project and now a lawsuit involving dozens of homeowners has been filed against the house.
The hearing is at 1:30 p.m. The judge has set aside 90 minutes to hear arguments.