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Latest idea: 5 areas for strip clubs

A new proposal would group adult entertainment businesses in five industrial areas around the county. Commissioners will consider the plan Tuesday.

By SAUNDRA AMRHEIN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 23, 2002


Future strip clubs and other adult entertainment could cluster in five industrial areas around the county instead of bombarding U.S. 19 in Hudson if commissioners approve a proposal by a consultant.

The recent proposal by consultant and former county zoning administrator Fred Lowndes would add roughly four dozen new sites to the current two dozen. They would be clustered in heavy or general industrial areas in Hudson, Holiday and around Dade City.

That number is down from the potential 58 new sites that would have been earmarked under an earlier proposal placing future adult businesses in commercial areas on four-lane highways, including 16 parcels in Hudson alone. Hudson already has 13 adult businesses between County Line Road and State Road 52.

The County Commission scrapped the earlier proposal last month after a community outcry and asked consultants to review the possibility of putting future adult businesses in industrial areas. Commissioners said they would consider lifting the alcohol ban in industrial areas and leaving existing adult businesses alone.

A federal judge in Tampa ruled in December that the county's adult business ordinances were overbearing by forcing all current and future adult clubs into industrial zones that currently ban alcohol.

The commission will consider the new proposal during a meeting that starts at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the West Pasco Government Center in New Port Richey.

The new proposal calls for spreading the potential sites for adult business between industrial property in Hudson east of U.S. 19 and north of New York Avenue. The other sites would be in industrial areas north and south of Dade City on U.S. 98 and U.S. 301 and in Holiday north of State Road 54 near Marathon Road.

-- Saundra Amrhein covers Pasco County government. She can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6244, or toll-free 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6244. Her e-mail address is amrhein@sptimes.com .

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