Sexually Oriented Businesses Headed For Tighter Regulations

Kenton County is leading the charge in Northern Kentucky for more restrictive regulations on sexually oriented businesses. A proposed ordinance is working its way through the voting process right now that would eventually lead to less revealing shows at strip clubs in both Kenton and Campbell Counties. A public hearing was held at the Ft. Mitchell City Building Tuesday night. Included in the proposal: no dancer will be allowed to be in public areas other than on stage, dancers and club owners will pay annually for permits $355 and $3000 respectively, and escort services will have to have an actual storefront based in Northern Kentucky that's open while escorts are on the job. There are at least a dozen other new restrictions all suggested by a Texas consulting firm. So far there's been little public comment from club owners. One club owner's attorney tells FOX 19 off camera litigation is possible after the ordinances actually pass. A final reading on the new sexually oriented business ordinance, that's based on similar ordinances in Indianapolis and Las Vegas, will take place in Kenton County in mid-May. The law would be effective July 1, 2004. Campbell County is expected to follow suit.