Although the proposed
"We have no jurisdiction over the coming club whatsoever," Lansford cautioned. "What we're discussing is just reviewing our existing ordinance and looking at an additional ordinance in the case a business like this would want to locate within the city's boundaries.
"There are two ways to regulate adult entertainment, or sexually-oriented business," he said. "You can regulate with zoning, which designates where those businesses are located, or you can regulate with licensing which requires operational requirements."
Lansford said regulations would include having the sexually-oriented business post signs with information on who to call in the event of abuse, having men and women's bathrooms separated by a certain distance and imposing limits on the level of exposure that is allowed.
"It's not about stopping the facility," Fritz said of the proposed club, which is scheduled to open its doors later this year. "It's about getting regulations in place to protect the employees."
According to Carpenter, who is a member of the newly-formed Concerned Citizens of
Lansford said further discussion on the topic might take place during the first city commission meeting in August.
When Carpenter approached the
Maddox dedicated almost a year to helping the
Enacted in 2012,
Carpenter wants like-minded individuals to support the creation of a sexually-oriented business ordinance for
The petition, she said, accrued 60 supporters with the first 24 hours of its posting.
There is also a Facebook page that's been set up for the cause, Carpenter said.
On the 'Net
The petition for the ordinance can be accessed at http://chn.ge/W7B2RF. More information can also be accessed on Facebook by searching for Clovis Saynotocgc.
What: Concerned Citizens of
Where: Beacon of Light,
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