As expected, Meadville City Council has approved by a 3-2 vote an ordinance regulating adult entertainment venues in the city.

The ordinance, approved at a Wednesday meeting, limits hours of sexually-oriented businesses to 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.; mandates such businesses be at least 500 feet from the boundary of a residential zoning district or residential structure, other sexually-oriented businesses, schools, churches, playgrounds and similar establishments; and imposes a licensing and inspection requirement on those establishments.

The vote brings to an end a four-month struggle to agree on a set of regulations after Synn City, a bring-your-own-bottle club featuring exotic dancers, opened Aug. 4 downtown at the former Breaker’s Pub on Park Avenue.

Councilmen Mike Jewell and Butch Kasbee have opposed having the hours restriction apply to Synn City, saying the rules shouldn’t be changed after a business is in operation. Both voted against the ordinance. At the meeting, Kasbee said council doesn’t have the authority to impose the hours limit on Synn City

Mayor Richard Friedberg, Councilman LeRoy Stearns and Councilwoman Jean Jones have backed the regulations and voted in favor of the ordinance.

In October, council gave tentative approval to a nearly identical ordinance, but that died in early November when one member of council was absent and the vote split 2-2.

Council also voted 3-2 last month to give preliminary approval to the new ordinance.



Gary Johnson can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at gjohnson@meadvilletribune.com

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