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Vote on signs for Tampa strip clubs delayed

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 22, 2000

TAMPA -- Tampa strip clubs will have at least two more weeks before they have to put up signs warning customers about the city's law against lap dancing.

The city attorney's office withdrew the sign proposal Thursday at a City Council meeting attended by strip club owners and nude dancers who spoke against the law.

"We don't want there to be confusion," said Gina Grimes, an assistant city attorney.

Council members agreed to vote on it after another public hearing in two weeks.

A week ago, council members discussed the sign amendment before club owners and dancers arrived. That infuriated Joe Redner, owner of the Mons Venus on Dale Mabry Highway.

Thursday's decision, Redner said, was just another attempt by the city to confuse those opposed to an unconstitutional law.

"I think they're messing with everybody," Redner said. "They're adding to an illegal ordinance. I don't think they know what they're doing."

Next to City Hall on Thursday, a truck was parked with signs claiming the city is overstepping its authority.

"Hey, City Council," one sign read. "Don't you realize tyranny is not allowed in America?"

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