Wednesday, April 28, 1999

New rules pondered for strip clubs

Covington also seeking ideal area for them

Enquirer Contributor

        COVINGTON — The city of Covington could have an ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses as soon as May.

        City Attorney Joe Condit presented a draft ordinance during Tuesday's city commission meeting. He said commissioners could approve it in two weeks or a month.

        “Sexually oriented businesses seem to be proliferating in other parts of Greater Cincinnati,” Mr. Condit said. “We think it's important to enact resolutions.”

        The new ordinance calls for:

        • Issuing yearly licenses to the businesses and their employees.

        • Conducting police background checks and charging a $250 nonrefundable fee per business application.

        • Requiring plans of the business layout.

        The proposal would also ban total nudity, and allow seminude workers to be no closer than 10 feet from patrons.

        Violations of the ordinance would be considered misdemeanor offenses punishable by fines up to $500 and up to a year in jail.

        Mr. Condit said the city is also trying to find an area where new adult businesses may locate, and he hopes to bring one to Kenton County planners by July. He said sexually oriented businesses now in the downtown area would not be forced to move, but City Commissioner J.T. Spence doesn't think the city should just let them stay.

        “I would hope we would also be aggressive on removing them from our neighborhoods,” Mr. Spence said.

        Marsha Ehlman, owner of Rodney's Le Foxx on Scott Boulevard, said her business is already sufficiently regulated.


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