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Daiquiri Deck looked at Tarpon Pointe property, but it's a 'dead deal' for now

"Daiquiri Deck looked into opening another location in the former Tarpon Pointe Grille & Tiki Bar location according to emails obtained by the Bradenton Herald, but Daiquiri Deck partner Troy Syprett said "at this point, it's a dead deal." 
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"Daiquiri Deck looked into opening another location in the former Tarpon Pointe Grille & Tiki Bar location according to emails obtained by the Bradenton Herald, but Daiquiri Deck partner Troy Syprett said "at this point, it's a dead deal." GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald gjefferies@bradenton.com

BRADENTON -- Daiquiri Deck explored opening another location in the former Tarpon Pointe Grille & Tiki Bar, but one of Daiquiri Deck's owning partners says the popular seaside restaurant and bar will no longer pursue the property.

"We had been speaking with a gentlemen who represents Scott (Tibbetts) and we were looking at it, but nothing's come of it," Troy Syprett told the Bradenton Herald Thursday. "It's pretty much over at this point unless some things change." Syprett would not expand on the necessary changes.

Daiquiri Deck is owned by Syprett, Russell Matthes and Matthew Grover, according to state corporate records. The bar and restaurant, which has a specialty in frozen cocktails and raw oysters, has three locations: two in Sarasota and one in Venice.

As a representative for Daiquiri Deck, President of JE Charlotte Construction Corp. Jeff Charlotte emailed Bradenton building official Anthony Warren in mid-March with inquiries about the property, according to emails obtained by the Herald.

In an email from Charlotte to Manatee County supervisor of elections Mike Bennett, Charlotte stated that he did not receive a response from Warren and forwarded Bennett his original email. Bennett then forwarded the email to Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston with a message:

"Hey my friend, don't want to get into your business, but would like to see one of my watering holes back in business."

Poston replied to Bennett and said Charlotte "got four callbacks, including mine." The email trail ended there.

Richard Scott Tibbetts has owned the 4.6-acre property at 215 Eighth St. E. since 2000, when he bought it from Bradenton for $150,000. Tarpon Pointe owners Kim and Bruce Bottorff operated a restaurant on the property for five years until the end of February.

Tibbetts could not be reached for comment Thursday regarding the future of the property.

Linda Seybold, a Manatee County resident of nearly 50 years and a Bradenton resident for 25 years, owns rental properties near Tarpon Pointe. For the sake of her tenants, Seybold says she hopes the property becomes occupied soon.

"We want to make everything better here in our little city, and I can't believe this main prime spot -- which was very popular -- was totally shut down and is just vacant for two months or longer," Seybold said.

In February, the Bradenton Police Department responded to a call from Kim Bottorff that Tarpon Pointe Grille & Tiki Bar had been burglarized. Lt. James Racky said Thursday that the Bradenton Police Department has no suspects in the burglary and the case will "probably be closed as inactive here shortly."

Janelle O'Dea, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow her on Twitter @jayohday.

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