Sunday, April 15, 2007

Here we fuckin' go AGAIN...

Fuckin' IDIOTS!!

The Federal Courts already said that the city was wrong & RULED AGAINST THE G'BORO CITY COUNCIL!!

I'm so iritated about this shit, that I'm not even gonna comment on it.

Read this shit...


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http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070414/NEWSREC0101/70413036



Strip clubs take city to court

By Jonathan D. Jones Staff Writer


GREENSBORO — The city's long-running effort to limit sexually oriented businesses landed back in federal court Friday, less than a month before a handful of strip clubs would have to close under an ordinance passed in the fall. Five Greensboro exotic dance clubs filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Greensboro asking that the ordinance be struck down on constitutional grounds. The suit is similar to one filed two years ago. At issue is the city's ability to restrict the locations of sexually oriented businesses. An outright ban would be unlikely to survive a court challenge, based on precedents.

The City Council has tried for years to force the businesses from some main commercial corridors by limiting how closely they can operate to churches, schools, homes and each other. This leaves sites mostly in heavy industrial zones. In Friday's suit, the clubs' owners said their businesses, some of which have been in the same locations for decades, would not survive such a move. "I would not relocate the club to any of these sites because I believe my customers would not patronize a business in these locations, in some cases due to the remoteness of its location, and in others due to the perception of it being a run-down or perhaps dangerous part of town," Carl Edward Collins, the owner of Harper's II and Harper's II Exotic Car Wash, said in court filings. When zoning changes were made in the past, existing businesses would be allowed to remain, Councilwoman Sandy Carmany said. But when the council began pushing five years ago to remove sexually oriented businesses from parts of the city , it opted to give them a set amount of time to recoup any expenses before forcing them to move or close. "The most we can legally do is put requirements on where they can operate," Carmany said. "That's what we have successfully done." In the previous lawsuit, U.S. District Judge William Osteen Sr. ruled in September in favor of the clubs. He ruled the ordinance as written only applied to new clubs; he did not address the distance restrictions. After Osteen's ruling, the city appealed to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., which has yet to hear the case. Meanwhile, the council passed a new development ordinance that specifically included existing businesses.That ordinance, which passed Nov. 7, gave existing clubs six months to comply or shut down. Effectively, it would force all five of the clubs to close May 7, the owners argued in court filings Friday. They are seeking an injunction to stop the city from shutting them down as well as a ruling about whether the ordinance violates the U.S. Constitution. The clubs argue that the ordinance harms erotic expression in Greensboro, violating the First Amendment.

Friday's lawsuit comes as no surprise. The clubs sued in 2003 and 2005, again within weeks of previous city deadlines for moving or shutting down. The push to limit the businesses began when the city had several strip clubs and massage parlors operating along High Point Road. The corridor is heavily used by visitors to the Greensboro Coliseum and the Koury Convention Center. "Greensboro prides itself on being family-friendly," Carmany said. "These are not something that most families want their children to be exposed to."


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Oh, I do have something 2 say...

FUCK SANDY CARMANY!!

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