Augusta may vote to strip some restrictions from adult amusement companies

(AUGUSTA, GA) – On Tuesday, the Augusta Fee seems to be to make some changes for a selected sect of nearby firms.  Town leaders are speaking about stripping absent some restrictions. 

Augusta’s General public Services Committee has labored a short while ago to adjust the area ordinance with regards to adult leisure. In the draft amendment, established to be voted in Tuesday’s fee assembly, the document states, “All amendments encompassed in this ordinance are aimed to be fewer restrictive than those encompassed in [the previous version] Ordinance No. 6607.”

Much less restrictive? Let us take a look.  The committee does suggest eradicating selected rules as to where by dancers are permitted to work although unclothed, precisely getting rid of the requirement that they have to stay on a specific platform.  Non-public dances are continue to prohibited, but a single-on-a person dances will be allowed if in comprehensive check out of the club’s attendees. 

Looking to open up a new company? Here’s what you need to know.  If this draft is authorised, Augusta’s detailed zoning ordinance will allow you to operate nearer to other very similar firms, as properly as closer to Augusta’s busiest roadways.

Whilst this would seem like a good move for those wanting to work this kind of business enterprise, just one evident query continues to be.  Mayor Professional-Tem Bobby Williams questioned in a recent commission meeting, “Is it in our ordinance that you simply cannot have drinking and dancing in the identical constructing?”
Carla Delaney, Deputy Director of Setting up and Advancement, Responded To Williams:
“You…it…the nature of a strip club—there’s songs, there’s dancing, there’s liquor, so…are you saying—is there, are you–I feel there are some points given in the context of what historically has happened with the two-3 that we have.”

In 2021 FOX54 noted on a ruling that downtown’s Discotheque Lounge could only carry on its operations as an adult leisure club if it fell in line with the latest ordinance prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages. This came following the 2019 dying of James Lester, the operator of the lounge because its founding in 1971, and the city’s declining to transfer his erotic business enterprise allow to the new house owners.

Augusta commissioners have said they would glance to related municipalities, such as Athens-Clarke County and Columbia, South Carolina in their thing to consider of adult night time lifestyle in the Garden Town.  Though Columbia does not deal with liquor product sales in its sexually-oriented small business pointers, Athens does have nearly similar verbiage to what exists in Augusta.

FOX54 will be at Tuesday’s commission conference.