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Sunset Beach residents sue Treasure Island, Caddy's

TREASURE ISLAND -- Sixteen Sunset Beach residents have sued the city and Caddy's On the Waterfront over noise, parking, traffic and other issues.

The plaintiffs, who are seeking class-action status, want city officials to enforce land-use restrictions they say are being violated by the popular beachfront bar and restaurant. They say the number of customers Caddy's draws exceeds the capacity of its restrooms and parking lots.

The city and Caddy's have created an "unlawful nuisance'' that infringes on their "right to quiet, peaceful possession and enjoyment" of their homes, the suit alleges. It cites traffic, trespassing, public urination, noise and disorderly conduct.

The lawsuit names T.I. Holdings, Gulf Sands Properties LLC and the city of Treasure Island.

A petition signed by 93 Sunset Beach residents in October preceded the lawsuit. It was presented to the city by Commissioner Alan Bildz during a workshop. Bildz, who represents Sunset Beach, said the residents think that "for the last several years the city of Treasure Island has inappropriately accommodated and facilitated the growth of Caddy's by not enforcing the city's land-use regulations."

"They told me they have too much to lose and desire to carry this forward in the courts," Bildz said.

He did not sign the petition, but his wife, Patricia, did. She is not one of the plaintiffs.

Caddy's owner Tony Amico said Tuesday that the lawsuit has "no merit" and that the homeowners knew when they bought their homes that Caddy's was a "destination location" for beach visitors. City officials could not be reached for comment.

Sunset Beach residents sue Treasure Island, Caddy's 12/15/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 7:06pm]
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