Despite lure of cash, more cities battling strip clubs | www.myajc.com

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Jun

Despite lure of cash, more cities battling strip clubs | www.myajc.com

In trying to break the Pink Pony, Georgia’s newest city has become the latest to attempt to buck the mutually profitable arrangement between local governments and nude dancers.

Brookhaven voted in May to toughen its adult entertainment ordinance by banning alcohol at nude dancing establishments. It also has since limited where such businesses will be allowed to go.

That puts it in the ranks with Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Doraville – cities that have adopted similar laws in a Bible Belt bid to chase naked shimmying from their borders.

The dancing has gone on, though, as clubs in every city have fought back in court. It also will continue at the Pink Pony, the only strip club in Brookhaven. The 22-year-old club has sued in DeKalb County Superior Court to stop the city’s law from taking effect.

The club had been paying DeKalb County “$455,000 in licensing every year,” said Aubrey Villines, a First Amendment attorney representing the Pink Pony. “The economic impact if they close us down is going to be massive.”

“It’s an enormous business,” said Harvey Newman, a public policy professor at Georgia State University who has written a book on the metro region’s economic development. “The city and the region have used this as a way for making money for a long, long time.”

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