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Establishments Cited Under Adult Entertainment Ordinance / Land Development Code

Wednesday November 26, 2003

Louisville Metro Government is using two primary tools to regulate adult-oriented businesses: Adult Entertainment Ordinance – Prohibits adult entertainment establishments from locating within 500 feet of a neighborhood, church or school. Similar laws have been the subject of legal battles across the country at the federal court level regarding their constitutionality.

Land Development Code – In April, Louisville Metro Government incorporated the 500-feet restriction into the Land Development Code to provide another tool in restricting adult-oriented businesses from locating in residential neighborhood.


A federal judge issued a restraining order in March, prohibiting Louisville Metro Government from enforcing the Adult Entertainment Ordinance. The judge ruled in July that the adult entertainment ordinance is constitutional except for its licensing provisions, which paved the way for a number of citations in August, September and October.

The plaintiff asked for reconsideration and the judge last week ruled that Louisville Metro Government can enforce the non-licensing provisions of the Adult Entertainment Ordinance.

On Dec. 9 in Jefferson District Court, the County Attorney’s office will ask a judge to shut down the following establishments for violations of the Adult Entertainment Ordinance:
1. CAM I, 8209 Preston Highway – Cited Aug. 4 for illegal signage and illegal location under the Adult Entertainment Ordinance. (Originally cited in Dec. 2002 for building code violations and shut down for a period of time in March to get required building permits.)

2. Blue Sky, 12909 Dixie Highway – Cited Oct. 3 for illegal signage and illegal location under the Adult Entertainment Ordinance. (Originally cited in Nov. 2002 for building code violations and shut down in March for several months to obtain required building permits. Also cited in May for tall grass and rubbish on the premises and Sept. 22 for violating Land Development Code restrictions on location.)

3. Pure Pleasure, 3299 Fern Valley Road – Cited Aug. 4 for illegal signage under the Adult Entertainment Ordinance and improper land use under the Land Development Code. (Also cited last year for zoning code violations.)

4. Prissy’s Boutique, 2823 Seventh Street Road – Cited Aug. 4 for illegal signage and illegal location under the Adult Entertainment Ordinance.

5. Thorobred EX, 13601 Dixie Highway – cited Aug. 4 for illegal signage and illegal location under the Adult Entertainment Ordinance.

6. Metro Station, 4946 Poplar Level Road – cited Aug. 4 for illegal signage and illegal location under the Adult Entertainment Ordinance.

7. Priscilla’s, 119 S. Hurstbourne Parkway – cited Aug. 4 for illegal location under the Adult Entertainment Ordinance.

8. Priscilla’s, 7844 Dixie Highway – cited Aug. 4 for illegal signage and illegal location under the Adult Entertainment Ordinance. Map of Establishments Cited