The city of Sarasota has rejected an appeal from residents of Plaza at Five Points to shut down Club Ivory.
Deputy City Attorney Michael Connolly in a Jan. 13 letter, called the issue between the two tenants of 50 Central Ave., a private dispute which the city and taxpayers should not have to pay to resolve. Connolly denied claims that the nightclub violated its conditional-use permit, deprived residents their right to quietly enjoy their units, lowered their property values and operated as an "adult cabaret."
Plaza at Five Points residents had asked the city to revoke the club's permit.
"There was always something new as a motivation to shut us down," said Club Ivory owner Ambrish Piare in a Jan. 15 interview with the Sarasota Observer. Stephen Thompson, the residents' legal representative, leveled the first three complaints in a Sept. 25 letter, and the claim about the "adult use" in a Jan. 2 follow-up.
"Activities that are adult in nature do not make an Adult Use," Connolly wrote. "Obviously, all bars are for 'activities adult in nature.'"
Piare will offer drink specials including a free champagne toast at Club Ivory this weekend in celebration of the support the club received following the allegations.
"I'm very happy city officials came to this conclusion," Piare said. But, he doesn't expect this to be the end of disagreements between the club and residents.
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- Perhaps these residents should consider Longboat Key or Sun City. I'm so tired of a few people with money, egos and nothing else to do, trying turn our vibrant downtown into a quiet retirement community. You shouldn't move to a growing town if you don't like change.
- I almost fell over ,City of Sarasota not siding will the big tax payers Cheers.. If you buy a condo and the address is Main St. what do you expect. On the other side of this, these type of business have a short lifespan 3to5 years . so maybe they will get something more inline to what they like.
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