SEMINOLE — Boomerz, the bar that has long irked neighbors and city officials for its sometimes rowdy crowds and occasional shootings, is no more, a victim of unpaid sales taxes.
The state Department of Revenue early in October revoked the bar's Certificate of Registration to collect sales taxes "as the result of Defendant's repeated failure to pay collected taxes, penalties and interest levied on unpaid collected taxes," according to an Oct. 24 order by Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge J. Thomas McGrady.
McGrady said Boomerz' owner, Eddie Mlotkowski, had continued to operate the bar without the certificate. McGrady then barred Mlotkowski from operating a business anywhere in the state that requires the collection of taxes. The judge noted that Mlotkowski owed $110,408.88 through July 31 plus interest at the rate of $23.24 per day.
A few days after McGrady's order, Mlotkowski sold the bar and its liquor license to National Loan Investors. It is unclear where National Loan is based. The bar, however, remained open. It is unclear when it finally closed.
It is also unclear how much the company paid for the liquor license, but Pinellas County property records show that National Loan paid $2-million for the Boomerz property at 6950 Seminole Blvd.
It is unclear whether National Loan plans to reopen Boomerz as a bar. City officials say they have heard nothing from the company.
But the transfer could put an end to a nightspot that has prompted recurring complaints from neighbors and police. In 2005, the bar's hip-hop night ended with fights and gunfire. Most recently, in November, a shooting at the bar ended with one person being injured.