December 11, 2009
On Wednesday morning, I joined a group of alcoholic beverage licensees in a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly warehouse. There were bald eagles resting in the trees on the property and storks in the ecosystem they had created to collect the runoff from the building.
The event was the one-year anniversary of Premier Beverage's groundbreaking on a new facility in Hillsborough County. A facility like theirs is truly an economic stimulator for the community. From the licensed contractors hired to build the structure to the employees hired by Premier Beverage, the project created jobs in a time when jobs are scarce.
Premier Beverage has proven to be a good corporate citizen by constructing an eco-friendly facility, meaning that it was built to minimize environmental impact. By constructing a LEED certified "green" facility out of environmentally friendly materials and by treating their runoff using native Florida plants, Premier Beverage has contributed to Hillsborough County and Florida's long-term sustainability.
Premier Beverage and their parent company, The Charmer Sunbelt Group, have been good partners with the department. The Charmer Sunbelt Group has spearheaded an initiative aimed at promoting responsible tailgating, called TURF. It's a great experience to see licensees who manage their businesses so well and as they advance, keep in mind their responsibility to the community and the environment.