Ordinance filed today to restrict hours on sexually oriented businesses
Tuesday October 21, 2003
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
Patrick H. Neely
Three Metro Council members today filed an ordinance to restrict hours of operation for sexually oriented businesses.
The ordinance -- sponsored by Councilmen Doug Hawkins, R-25; Robin Engel, R-22; and Stuart Benson, R-20 -- will limit those businesses to operating from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday.
“Some of these businesses are located near neighborhoods and churches, and we must work to make sure that residents and worshipers are protected,” Hawkins said. Currently, there is no existing law that covers hours of operation in the former county, so many of those businesses are operating 24 hours a day. The city had an ordinance allowing operation from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., but many businesses were in violation of those rules.
“Studies show that these types of businesses increase crime and reduce property value,” Benson said. “Reducing their hours is a way to help keep our communities safer.”
Several council members are working with the County Attorney’s office on comprehensive changes to regulation of adult businesses, but there is no timetable for when the changes will be drafted.
“This is the first step toward a comprehensive ordinance to regulate sexually oriented businesses,” Engel said. “We must do everything Constitutionally possible to ensure that our families and our neighborhoods aren’t negatively impacted by these businesses. This is a good first step.”
Stuart Benson (R) 20
Robin Engel (R) 22
Doug Hawkins (R) 25