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Appeals Court Reverses NYC Adult Businesses' Zoning Win

NEW YORK CITY—It's a fight that's gone on for more than 20 years, but in a decision issued today, the New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, reversed the 2015 decision of the city's Appellate Division, First Department, which ...

Hustler Hollywood Sues Indianapolis Over Adult Zoning

INDIANAPOLIS, IN—Despite the fact (or possibly because of it) that Vice President-elect Mike Pence is the governor of Indiana, Hustler Hollywood is trying to open one of its boutiques in the Indianapolis suburb of Castleton, but thanks to ne...

2001 NYC Zoning Amendments Finally Declared Unconstitutional

NEW YORK CITY—Remember Rudy Giuliani? You know: the adulterous former New York City mayor who had (and perhaps still has) pretensions of running for President? The one who told the city's Planning Department to find a way to get all the porn...

Tennessee Swinger Club Becomes Church to Beat Zoning Law

MADISON, Tennessee—Apparently, the residents of Madison aren't very clear about just what sort of person attends a "swing club," with attendees at a community meeting to discuss the club's impending opening objecting to its proximity to the ...

Legalese Column: Zoning Ordinances and Love Boutiques

This article originally ran in the January 2015 issue of AVN magazine. For decades, volumes have been written about adult retail—for the most part about adult theaters, adult bookstores, adult video stores, adult arcades and gentlemen’...

Decade-Old NYC Anti-Adult Zoning Law Struck Down

NEW YORK CITY—In an outcome long desired by New York City adult business owners, a State Supreme Court Justice, sitting in Manhattan, has struck down a 2001 amendment to the city's zoning code which was enacted in an attempt to further limit...

'Naughty Teddy' Not Too Naughty for Fullerton Zoning Laws

FULLERTON, Calif.—Like many municipalities, the City of Fullerton in conservative Orange County has a zoning code that deems any store whose displayed merchandise is more than 25 percent "adult" must be licensed as an "adult business," and i...

Pornotopia Postponed Due to Albuquerque Zoning Restrictions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—History repeats itself in Albuquerque as Pornotopia once again battles the city for a venue in which to hold its annual erotic film festival. This year, however, the city fathers have inched closer to their desired ends not...

NY Strip Club Scores Partial Victory In Adult Zoning Case

SMITHTOWN, N.Y.—An appeals panel of the Second Circuit has given a partial win to TJS of New York, the corporation that owns the Oasis adult cabaret at 490 West Jericho Pike in Smithtown, a community on Long Island, holding that the question...

Orlando City Council Passes Draconian Zoning Ordinance

ORLANDO, Fla.—In passing a new ordinance that requires adult businesses to be more than 2,500 feet from schools, parks, churches, bars and residential areas, the Orlando city council has sent this message to adult businesses interested in mo...

Sakas Scores Big Settlement From City After Zoning Bust

NEW BERN, N.C. — Greg Sakas was elated. After all, he was holding a check from the city's insurance company for $175,000 in exchange for dropping his lawsuit over their illegal bust of his store, Pure Bliss, two years ago for alleged zon...

Mormon Group Lobbies for 'Internet Zoning'

OREM, Utah - Although Utah was named America's online smut capital in a recent Harvard study, one of the state's Mormon groups is lobbying for a crackdown on Internet porn. The anti-porn organization CP80.org wants adult content banned fro...

Sakas in Talks to Settle Zoning Issues with City of Wilmington

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Video boutique owner Greg Sakas is feeling the pressure. While he was acquitted last August of the criminal charges filed against his Pure Bliss store in New Bern, N.C., negotiations regarding his federal lawsuit against New Ber...

New Zoning in Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Muskogee planning commissioners unanimously approved a proposed zoning amendment on Monday that would regulate adult-oriented businesses.   The proposed change will be considered today by Muskogee's Public Works Committ...

Mich. City Defers Action on Sex Shop Zoning

PETOSKEY, Mich. - Members of the Petoskey City Council decided to defer action on proposed zoning rules for sexually oriented businesses on Monday. City council members agreed to have the city legal counsel attend the next meeting on Aug. 18 to an...

Christian Right Pushes Preemptive Zoning Strikes

GOD'S COUNTRY, U.S.A. – Oh, those wacky Christian conservatives at Focus on the Family. If there's one group that raises their hackles more than Democrats, socialists, liberal public school officials, rock musicians, pot smokers,...

N.Y. Town Rejects Zoning Amendment for Strip Club

SOUTH CORNING, N.Y. - The Corning Zoning Board unanimously rejected a proposal last week by Wayne Swartz to re-zone a 39-acre lot he owns from residential to industrial use so that he could open a gentleman's club there, according to The Corni...

Worcester Planning Board Backs Zoning Amendment

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Worcester Planning Board last week voted 3-2 in favor of a proposed zoning amendment that would drop many of the distancing requirements for adult businesses in three areas on the outskirts of the city's downtown distric...

Arizona Town Considers Updates to Zoning Ordinance

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — The Prescott Valley Town Council examined recommended revisions Thursday to a 2003 ordinance regulating adult businesses.Cynthia Corcoran, paralegal to town attorney Ivan Legler, told the council that the proposed or...

Mass. Club Owner Challenges Zoning Ordinance

WORCESTER, Mass. — Worcester's Telegram & Gazette reports that the City Council may amend its 1996 adult entertainment zoning ordinance as a result of a legal challenge brought by the owner of a city lounge wishing to offer nude danc...

Kansas Adult Businesses Battle Zoning Law

WICHITA, Kan. – Three adult-oriented businesses are fighting back against the city, in hopes that they won’t be relocated to a special city zone. The businesses were ordered to move after a 2005 adult law went into effect this month, f...

Ocean City Takes Strict Stance on Sex-Shop Zoning

OCEAN CITY, Wash. - The mayor and council settled on a course of action regarding sexually oriented businesses this week, deciding to restrict such business to a limited portion of the town. The town chose the most restrictive scenario gover...

Georgia Town Passes New Adult Zoning Ordinance

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Another town has taken a pre-emptive strike against adult businesses by instituting new zoning regulations that restrict where such businesses may be located.The Flowery Branch City Council repealed its existing adult b...

Wichita Braces For Adult Zoning Battle

WICHITA, Kan. - The Kansas City Star reports that adult businesses in Wichita may soon be up against a fight with the city to remain open in their current locations. A law approved by the City Council two years ago that relegates adult bu...

Zoning Ordinance Proposed for Kentucky Adult Shops

BURLINGTON, Ky. – Local officials have proposed an amendment which would allow sexually-oriented businesses in six commercial and industrial zones within Boone County. According to a recent report, the Boone County Planning Commission has...

Florida City Struggles with Adult Zoning Laws

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The city commission has rejected another proposed location ordinance for adult-oriented businesses. According to a recent report, this is the commission's fourth attempt to define where adult entertainment can l...

Maryland Adult Video Store Found in Violation of Zoning Laws

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – A Washington County Circuit Court Judge has upheld an earlier decision by the zoning board which found an adult video store operating in violation of city zoning laws. Howard J. Schulman, the attorney for The Video Sto...

Slightly Sinful Wins City Zoning Battle

BRADLEY, Ill. - Local board members have amended the city’s zoning ordinance to more specifically define and regulate adult-oriented businesses. But the area’s two existing adult businesses, Slightly Sinful and Mickey’s Book ...

St. Augustine Zoning Controversy Continues

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Some residents are showing concern for a changing ordinance which allows adult businesses to open in dozens of locations. Commissioners recently approved the adult entertainment law which allows adult-oriented businesses...

N.C. Retailer Requests Zoning Variance

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A local adult store is trying to strike a deal with the city to relocate in cooperation with a zoning ordinance that leaves little room for adult entertainment. The owners of Central Avenue Video and News have known that they&...

Florida City Passes Adult Zoning Ordinance

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Despite the fact that there are currently no strip clubs in St. Augustine, city commissioners approved a zoning ordinance on Monday that would restrict adult entertainment to certain areas of the city. The city'...

Detroit to Change Adult Zoning Laws

DETROIT - A federal judge has found some of Detroit's zoning laws unconstitutional, after the owners of a local club filed suit, challenging several of the city's policies regulating adult entertainment. According to a recent report, the c...

Zoning Violation Puts Adult Store in Jeopardy

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Planning Board has taken a step toward shutting Video Sophisticate, an adult video store that has operated on the north side of the city for 12 years. According to the Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel, members of a local churc...

Meadowlands Zoning Proposal Stirs Controversy

E. RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The East Rutherford Borough Council has introduced an ordinance that would create a specialized zone, accommodating a number of adult-oriented businesses including strip clubs, massage parlors, porn retail stores and tattoo s...

Strip Club Proposal Prompts Increased Zoning Restrictions

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - The planned opening of a strip club prompted the City of Tonawanda's Common Council to approve a law which would create tougher zoning ordinances for adult businesses in Tonawanda, near Buffalo, NY. The law effectively makes ...

MD County Passes Emergency Adult Zoning Bill

SNOW HILL, Md. - Worcester County officials have approved an emergency bill imposing zoning restrictions on adult business, placing a moratorium on permits for such businesses until the end of the year. The emergency bill would affect adult esta...

Palm Bay Council Continues Adult Zoning Discussions

PALM BAY, Fla. - The Palm Bay City Council will resume discussions about a controversial, commercially-zoned section of the city that is being proposed as an adult business area. Council members are expected to set meeting dates today. Last month...

DC Compromises on Adult Zoning

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The D.C. Council put off a measure that would tighten controls on drinking establishments which some council members feel might attract minors by voting to allow the continued operation of area strip clubs. Some clubs have been...

MD City Planners Suggest Adult Zoning Restrictions

The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission agreed on Tuesday to propose a zoning code amendment restricting adult businesses to a one-percent area of the resort town. Realizing that it had no ordinance regulating or restricting adult-enterta...