In order to preserve an Austin Icon we are asking the community to speak out in support of Tiniest Bar In Texas. The Bar anchors traditional Austin character in an area dominated by new development. It provides one of Austin's newest neighborhoods with not only a locally recognized landmark destination, but an internationally recognized destination as noted recently by Lonely Planet Guide book, the standard for world travelers. We feel it is very important for the city managers office to recognize Tiniest Bar In Texas's contribution to keeping Austin unique character alive in the midst of progress that can easily lose sight of the very reasons that defined this city as such a special place. The specific purpose of the bars seeking support from the community is because recently the bar has come under special scrutiny for what the city claims are code violations. We have made countless efforts to work with city staff to come up with practical solution to these claims. Unfortunately the city staff have continuously denied simple solutions set by the precedent of permitted improvements on adjacent properties and around the city. They have instead chosen to try to burden the permitting process to the point of being unfeasible by requiring a standard associated with the building of a 40 story building. This extremely costly and high standard is being pursued for little more than a patio and storage shed that have no impact on the floodplain as documented by engineering studies already filed with the city. In addition they have even gone so far as to force the bar to remove items constructed at the bar that predate building code requirements, such as our over deck canopy that should of been grandfathered and even are attempting to require the bar to remove completely legal and permitted improvements on the bars site. We have an upcoming meeting with the city and would like the community to help send the city managers office a message that they would like to see her office embrace a spirit of resolution rather than retribution, "do the right thing" and help a small business continue to provide its' community with a genuine Austin experience.
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