County works to strengthen adult entertainment ordinance
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Apr 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At its Monday evening meeting, Trigg County’s Fiscal Court passed on first reading an adult business ordinance more restrictive than the current one.

Despite summarizing the ordinance, which is written in small type and spans 12 pages, it took Trigg County Attorney Randy Braboy a little over 40 minutes to read the contents of the ordinance to the court. Magistrate Rick Nelson made a motion, which Magistrate Barry Littlejohn seconded, to approve the bill, which passed unanimously.

“We thought it may be conducive … to use the City of Cadiz ordinance as a model; there’s lots of models out there,” said Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries. “It is a very strong ordinance … It would ensure that there will be some limitations and restrictions placed on these types of businesses.”

The ordinance states that adult businesses are often used for illegal activities like prostitution and that such businesses often have a negative effect on communities. It also lists the spread of sexually transmitted diseases as a concern.

The ordinance doesn’t ban such businesses outright but does place many restrictions on them. Businesses regulated by the ordinance include adult arcades, adult bookstores, adult novelty stores, adult video stores, adult cabarets, adult motels, adult cinemas and strip clubs.

Anyone applying for a license to run an adult business must be at least 18 years old and must not have been convicted of any “specified criminal activity,” such as prostitution, distribution of child pornography, gambling, sexual assault and distribution of a controlled substance.

Every application for a license costs $5,550, whether someone is applying for a new license or is renewing a current one. There is a $5,000 “license fee,” a $500 “application and investigation fee” and a $50 “application, investigation, and license fee.”

According to the ordinance, no adult businesses can be within 1,000 feet of a religious building, public and private educational facilities, homes, public parks, family entertainment businesses or any business that serves alcohol. It must also be at least 2,500 feet away from another adult business.

The ordinance bans nudity in all adult businesses. It also bans semi-nudity for everyone but employees, who must be 10 feet away from customers and must be on a stage at least two feet off of the floor. Semi-nude employees are also not allowed to touch customers or ask for tips. It lists violations as misdemeanors.

The ordinance states that people under 18 years old are not allowed in such businesses, and that those businesses, save for adult motels, must be closed from 1 – 8 a.m. Monday – Saturday, and all day on Sunday.

“It was lengthy, and I’m sure at times uncomfortable to read and to hear,” Humphries said of the reading of the ordinance.

The second reading will be heard when the fiscal court meets again on Monday, April 18, at the Trigg County Recreation Complex Convention Center. Humphries said the location change is to provide enough room for people who want to attend.

If approved at that meeting, the proposed ordinance will take the place of the current adult business ordinance, which was passed in 2004, and it will take effect on Wednesday, April 20.

More details can be found on the online copy of the ordinance, which can be found on the Trigg County government web site at
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