Seven Seas nude lounge shut down in Tampa

May 10th, 2010 by

TAMPA ( Seven Seas, a Kennedy Boulevard nude-dancing lounge that survived adult-entertainment ordinances, police raids and neighborhood protests, was shuttered today, unable to stay afloat in a stormy economy.

The owner of the property, John Few, with a writ of possession in hand, arrived at the 3023 W. Kennedy Blvd. nightspot shortly after 10 a.m., accompanied by a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy and a locksmith.

“Basically, he quit paying me, so I’m evicting him,” Few said of tenant Larry Wolfe, proprietor of the longstanding adult business. “He hasn’t paid me since January.”

At 10:15 a.m. today, soon after Few arrived at his property, a sheriff’s deputy posted an eviction notice on the front door and a locksmith went to work changing the door locks.

“It’s hard to evict a tenant,” Few said. “Our first attempt was in 1999. It’s been a long arduous process.”

There was no doubt in Few’s mind about the initial order of business after taking possession of the 57-year-old building.

“The first thing I’m going to do is paint the naked lady off the wall,” he said, a reference to a bigger-than-life sketch on the building’s exterior wall. “I know the community will be interested to see the naked lady is down.”

The property has been in Few’s family since his grandparents bought it in 1947. At the time, the primary tenant was a whiskey bar called the Seven Seas, he said.

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