Stricter strip club rules clear another hurdle - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Stricter strip club rules clear another hurdle

(WMC-TV) - The Pony on Winchester still advertises hot girls and cold beer, but the alcohol could stop flowing at Memphis area strip clubs if the Shelby County government continues to prevail in court.

"I do think our ordinance is good and has stood the judicial test," said Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

Luttrell was still sheriff when the county commission passed new strip club regulations in 2007, but he is more than willing to help implement them if and when the court battle ends.

"They have been a haven for criminal activity in many cases," said Luttrell of strip clubs.  "They have been a haven for inappropriate sexual activity on some occasions," he added.

U.S. District Judge Bernice Donald upheld the county's plan this week.  It would ban alcohol sales and prohibit dancers from touching customers or one another.  Dancers would also be required to cover their genitals and bare breasts.

"You're not allowed on the property," one strip club employee told our news crew as they tried to get a comment on the potential impact of stricter rules.

One strip club owner reportedly compared the county's ordinance to one prohibiting McDonald's from selling hamburgers.

It will be business as usual for as long as the appeals process proceeds.  Luttrell has no immediate plan to spend money enforcing stricter rules.

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