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Support allowing an indoor medical marijuana grow facility in St. Petersburg, Fl

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This petition is to support Twin Bays Hops Farms and Gulf Coast Canna Meds to grows hops for brewing beer in an exterior greenhouse and medical marijuana in an licensed interior grow facility in secured warehouse in the City of St. Petersburg at 3201 39th Ave N.

This will provide locally sourced fresh hops for Tampa Bay’s robust craft-brewing industry in addition to providing locally sourced medical marijuana for nearby Tampa Bay dispensaries.   Ninety-seven percent of hops come as pellets from the Pacific Northwest.    The medical marijuana grow facility could get St. Petersburg early into the soon to be booming marijuana business, adding to our local economy.

The currently disused former roofing supply company warehouse is located in an industrial park in the City of St. Petersburg (FL).  There are some residential homes on the north side of the property in unincorporated Pinellas County. The neighborhood is bordered on the West and North by another large Industrial park.

There is a request in front of the City of St. Petersburg (FL) Development Review Commission https://goo.gl/2hKJyA to grant a special exemption to convert the warehouse into an indoor marijuana greenhouse /grow facility.   Case 18-32000009.  The next hearing is July 11, 2018. There are some neighbors who are opposed to the project.

  • This facility cannot grow marijuana until it is approved by the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use, regardless if the facility receives the greenhouse special exception. This including completing an detailed application, covering multiple areas.
  • Odor concerns  for the indoor marijuana cultivation facility is addressed in great detail.  They are using “triphase, carbon-filters-based odor reduction systems, negative air pressure and ONA Gel odor absorbing canisters.”  The exhaust is filtered 3 times.
  • Traffic would not be an issue for the neighborhood.  The entrance to facility is via 39th Ave through the existing industrial park.
  • They have a detailed security plan. Fencing closest to the neighborhood (40th Ave) would have double fencing. 6 foot high fence (without barbed wire) made out of decorative metal or PVC. closest the neighbors on 40th, followed by an internal 10 foot high fence. They will have cameras and access control systems. They will have security personal patrolling the facility. No indications how they will be armed or if they will be armed.  Every Publix Supermarket in the area has armed security guards
  • Pesticides for the marijuana are being applied inside facility with the triple filtered ventilation system,
  • Lighting – any proposed lighting would include full cut off lighting fixtures and shielding such that it is not visible from outside the security fence along northern boundaries with the neighbors.
  • They plan to re-skin and reroof the building and do an interior buildout. Nothing on the exteriors views would gives the appearance of a fortress.   Additionally they to plant  trees and shrubs on the 40th St. neighbors side to shield the facility from the neighbors.
  • There are many greenhouses located in or nearby residential homes/neighborhoods in the City of St. Petersburg.

  • They plan to have 65 employees.  These employees will need to buy gas, food, snacks and other items, likely benefiting the surrounding businesses.

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