Two dueling businesses on the St. Pete side of Gandy Boulevard are taking their competition to the courtroom. The Getaway, a waterfront tiki bar and boat rental service, is suing neighbor I.C. Sharks for encroaching on its parking. I.C. Sharks also has a tiki bar and boat rental service as well as a sea food market.
According to public records, owners of the Getaway are accusing I.C. Sharks of unauthorized use of its property by allowing patrons to park on its land. The lawsuit alleges I.C. Sharks only has parking capacity for 10 vehicles, including staff, but serves hundreds of patrons.
The Getaway also argues I.C. Sharks has built a bar and seating area as well as grease traps on property owned by the Getaway and is using submerged property the company owns to build slips for boat rentals and a refueling station.
The documents filed in court allege that I.C. Sharks constitutes a “public nuisance” and has committed “continual trespass” onto the Gateway’s property, which is “causing permanent and ongoing interference with the Getaway’s lawfully operating business.” The lawsuit also claims the parking encroachment onto the Gateway’s property constitutes “great potential liability.”
The Getaway lawsuit claims the negligence by I.C. Sharks to provide adequate parking or a traffic plan causes frequent accidents as patrons enter and exit the property located along a busy section of Gandy Boulevard approaching the Gandy Bridge. The complainants reference a 2012 Pinellas County Code Enforcement case against I.C. Sharks.
The complainant writes in court documents that attempts to negotiate a resolution to the complaints have failed.
The Getaway is asking the courts to order I.C. Sharks off its property, award damages that the Getaway has suffered “by reason of the trespass onto its property,” to pay applicable attorney’s fees and “any other relief the Court deems just and proper.”
Due to pending litigation, I.C. Sharks owner Brian Storman could not respond to the allegations against his business, but told SaintPetersblog he believes he’s done nothing wrong.