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City council votes to wait on 'Blue Light District' study

(WMC-TV) – The Memphis City Council voted to wait one year before they do a feasibility study on a potential "Blue Light District."

For the last few weeks, the city council has pondered the idea of studying the feasibility of isolating businesses like adult book stores and strip clubs into an industrial area.

The discussion began after a law went into effect January 1 that changed the way strip clubs are run in the city. The law bans booze, requires pasty, and a six-foot distance between dancers and patrons.

Strip club beer sales once netted the city up to $5 million each year.

Councilman Shea Flinn is the one who rekindled the "Blue Light District" debate.

The idea of an adult business district last came up in 1993, but no council member wanted it in their border.

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