Public hearing on adult entertainment Tuesday night in City Hall

September 30, 2010
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After weeks of discussion and study the Lynn City Council is set to discuss an ordinance intended to severely restrict adult entertainment in the city.

A public hearing will be held Tuesday evening in city hall.

The ordinance as drafted allows for the creation of an adult entertainment district or zone which would be located in a heavy industrial zone.

One of the key provisions of the ordinance is that special permits would be necessary from the city council before a strip club could offer naked dancing.

In addition, such a club could inevitably come to pass but would be forced to operate without a liquor license.

“There is nothing illegal or untoward about this ordinance,” said City Council President Tim Phelan. “Everything has been checked for legality by the city solicitor. This is a strong and restrictive ordinance without run afoul of First Amendment rights objections.”

The city council ordinance seeks to control the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the city, it is written in the ordinance.

The city council is transparent in its belief that this ordinance is not an exercise in limiting free speech as much as it is attempting to contain the effects of strip club naked dancing and its off-shoots – prostitution, sexually transmitted diseases, alcoholism, sexual addiction and a plethora of social ills.

The council’s ordinance includes provisions making it difficult for adult bookstores to locate here, as well. There are additional provisions restricting peep shows and adult films, adult dancing, adult motels, massage parlors.

The potential time of operation for adult entertainment venues is restricted between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.

The licensing fee for filing an application is set at $2,500.

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