Congressman-elect Scott Taylor concerned after discussion with Navy about Young Veterans brewing

Young Veterans Brewing Company owner Thomas Wilder stands behind the bar on Nov. 17. (Adrienne Mayfield/Southside Daily)
Young Veterans Brewing Company owner Thomas Wilder stands behind the bar on Nov. 17. (Adrienne Mayfield/Southside Daily)

What began as a complaint from owners of one Virginia Beach brewery that a United States Navy-owned land easement is stopping customers from listening to live music and playing games in their business has turned into the concern of a future congressman.

Del. Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL and United States representative-elect for Virginia’s 2nd District, met with Naval Air Station Oceana leaders Thursday to discuss how the easement is impacting Young Veterans Brewing Company.

Taylor got involved hours after Southside Daily published a story about how brewery owners Tom Wilder and Neil McCanon say their business is being negatively impacted by the Navy restrictive use easement.

The easement limits activities allowed on about 219 acres of land near Naval Air Station Oceana, according to documents filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

Taylor said he believes the Navy is being “hyper-sensitive” about the easement, and hoped that he could help find a solution.

In a statement released Friday, Taylor said he had a “constructive meeting” over the issues surrounding Young Veterans Brewing Company, but is still concerned about “ambiguous language that could potentially lead to uneven enforcement by the Navy and violations by business owners.”

“We will explore a legislative fix if needed,” Taylor said.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.