BRADENTON ---- Complaints are continuing from neighbors who are bothered by noise and parking hassles from a popular new restaurant overlooking the Manatee River, Bradenton City Council members said today.
Residents who live near Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar, 801 Riverside Drive E,, are bothered by music played at the open-air restaurant, along with such things as patrons’ motorcycles, said City Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey at a workshop at City Hall.
“The business has been a victim of its own success,” she said.
City Councilman Bemis Smith said the restaurant “took off much quicker than anybody over there expected.”
Smith said, however, that the city is in the process of addressing noise, restroom and parking dilemmas there.
“The problem also there is the same people who didn’t want commercial development there in the first place, and I understand where they’re coming from, where they don’t like it,” Smith said.
“But the reality is we made a decision, and gave approvals based on the fact it’s been zoned commercial now 10 years.”
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031.