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Reported by Jason Miles

Memphis Council considers new strip club rules

Raunchy undercover video helped put padlocks on Memphis' most infamous strip club, Platinum Plus. It's behavior some are afraid the city will continue to allow.

"Take a look and don't be in such a big hurry to go where I think we're heading," George Kuykendall told the Memphis City Council Tuesday night.

Kuykendall's Citizens for Community Values is trying to clean things up. He told the council that the county's rules are its best bet too.

"It makes too much sense and I hope we can all come together," said Kuykendall.

Here's a comparison:

-The ordinance recently adopted by the county prohibits liquor and beer in a sexually oriented business.

The proposal before the city council allows beer.

-The county requires that all entertainers cover their private parts, including nipples.

Girls could go topless under the city's proposed plan.

-There must be 6 feet between a customer and a dancer under the county's new rules.

Just 3 feet if the city's plan gets final approval.

Nick Clark represents the Southeast Memphis Initiative.

"To say you'd like to do something different than the county ordinance ends up having the impact that you're actually promoting sexually-oriented businesses," Clark told the council.

"I know that people have different views, different morals, different religious backgrounds that come into play with this sort of thing," said Memphis City Council chairman Tom Marshall.

For now, it appears stripped-down regulations are on the way. The council approved them on the first of three readings.


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