TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - A popular downtown bar will not be able to serve alcohol for an entire week next month.
Tampa City Council handed down the liquor license suspension for Franklin Manor Thursday.
"We have to send some type of message," said Chairman Frank Reddick.
City council sending a signal to city business owners that rules need to be followed.
"We can't have people taking a year and a half to correct what code enforcement needs to be corrected," Yvonne Capin said.
Officials put Franklin Manor on notice about code violations in June of 2017. Letting owners know they needed to make improvements and cut down on late-night loud music.
People who live near the bar, and even the apartment complex across the street, NINE15, were complaining and calling police about the blaring noise.
"I had a police officer come to my house, he actually witnessed and put in his report that there were reverberations and vibrations of my windows on the 23rd floor above Franklin Manor because it was so loud," Joe Parrish said.
It’s a little extremely loud outside,” said Emily Berg. “But it sounds like someone's having a huge party, and it's been very disruptive."
The loud, raucous, late night music emanating from Franklin Manor has not only hurt our business operations, it's been very difficult to lease apartments and retain our residents," Sarah Rose with NINE15 said.
As of last November, Franklin Manor still wasn't in compliance.
Over the last few months, owners have installed additional sound absorbing foam around the patio's perimeter, and removed all outdoor speakers except for one.
"There have been no noise violations; there haven't even been any noise complaints,” said Eric Koenig, Attorney for Franklin Manor. “They've proven they can be responsible."
Still, council members mostly agreed there needed to be consequences. But also didn't want Franklin Manor's employees to suffer for the owner's missteps.
In the end Council voted to suspend alcohol sales from April 1st through April 8th.
“What saddens me is it took all this trouble and time for us to get here for some movement for the community, and some cooperation and some remedies for the community, that's why we're here," Councilman Luis Viera said.
If City Council finds Franklin Manor in violation a second time, owners face an alcohol license suspension up to 60-days.
The business is also being sued over the excessive noise by the developers of the NINE15 apartment complex.