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Brookhaven council revises ordinance on adult businesses
by Nicole Dow
January 09, 2013 03:04 PM | 2056 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brookhaven City Council voted unanimously Monday to revise an ordinance to ax the sale and consumption of alcohol at sexually-oriented businesses in the city.

Mayor J. Max Davis and the city council discussed adjusting the ordinance last week. Davis explained when the city went live Dec. 17, the council adopted a slew of ordinances from DeKalb County and will be tightening up some of those ordinances for the next six months to a year.

“DeKalb already bans alcohol in nude dancing [establishments],” he said. “We’re not changing the law in Brookhaven from DeKalb County. We’re just making an ordinance that’s a little bit more tightly written.”

He added the only reason alcohol is allowed in some adult businesses in the county is because of a consent agreement the county signed after being sued by strip clubs. Legal counsel for the city advised the mayor and city council that the county’s agreement cannot be binding to the city government of Brookhaven.

Representatives from one adult establishment, the Pink Pony, spoke out at last week's meeting against revising the ordinance, claiming it could put them out of business.

“We run a clean club — 22 years in DeKalb,” said Michael Cap, of the Pink Pony. "Please don't put us out of business until you get to know us and then make a judgement."

Also the Jan. 8 meeting, council heard the first readings for ordinances on buildings and building regulations, motor vehicles and traffic, and streets and sidewalks.Susan Hiott was sworn in as the city clerk. She comes from the city of Smyrna where she served more than 10 years as city clerk. Prior to working for Smyrna, she held city clerk positions in Roswell and Acworth.

The search for a permanent city manager is still ongoing, with Slavin Management Consultants reporting it hopes to have candidates interviewing within a month. Interim deputy city manager J.D. Clockadale said staff is working to secure St. Martin’s Episcopal School as the permanent location for regular council meetings.
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