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Bath moves closer to setting boundaries for exotic businesses

November 16, 2004|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The first step to restricting exotic entertainment was taken Monday night by the Bath Town Council.

A first reading was accepted unanimously by council members to restrict exotic entertainment establishments such as adult arcades, adult cabarets and adult theaters in the Town of Bath.

Council member Nancy Harvey, chairwoman of the ordinance committee, introduced the draft ordinance restricting such establishments within 2,000 feet of most town businesses and residences, schools, parks and churches. She said a Beckley, W.Va., ordinance does not allow exotic entertainment establishments within 500 feet.

"The distance will be debated before the next meeting," Harvey said.

Mayor Susan Webster said the next council meeting will be Monday, Dec. 6, which will give council the time to decide on the restriction distance and to "work on the language to cover all types of exotic entertainment, including adult book and video stores."

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"No one in town seems to be against establishing exotic entertainment restrictions," Harvey said.

Webster said if the ordinance is passed Dec. 6, it will become effective immediately.

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