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Updated: 10/30/2013 8:29 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ticco Zhao wants to turn a boarded up building on Baymeadows Road into a high-brow bikini bar he'll call "Paradise."

He said, "Miami has all this stuff. It's very upscale. So does Tampa, Orlando. And I think Jacksonville should be like that. I don't understand why it's not."

But in what's traditionally been a family-friendly neighborhood, another local businessman and City Council candidate, Danny Becton, is protesting.

He said, "This is not the right place in this city for this type of establishment."

He worries what other businesses a bikini bar would attract.

He said, "Let's go over to Emerson where Wacko's is. Right next door there's an adult bookstore. Triple X."

Zhao said he's planning to go to great lengths to keep "Paradise" classy, exclusive. He said he wants to help the neighborhood, not hurt it.

"We want to see Baymeadows grow," he said. "We just hope that everybody understands that it's not bad for the community. It will be safe. It will be great."

The city of Jacksonville has confirmed that Zhao and his business partner have applied for a zoning exception that would allow a bikini bar in that area. It still needs approval by the Planning Commission. It meets again Nov. 14.
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freedom - 10/31/2013 10:20 AM
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this is a great thing, i don't see anything wrong with it, there is no housing by it ,just negative people that just want to ramble on, and have done nothing for the community, i hope this works out for mr zhao he is doing some thing that is perfectly legal and bringing in more money,jobsand taxes people are trying to make a name of them selfs by bashing this place its inside 18 and up, whats the big deal. jacksonville is to controlled by people who make other investors run away with a terrible taste in there mouths and take there money with them .

freedom - 10/31/2013 10:20 AM
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this is a great thing, i don't see anything wrong with it, there is no housing by it ,just negative people that just want to ramble on, and have done nothing for the community, i hope this works out for mr zhao he is doing some thing that is perfectly legal and bringing in more money,jobsand taxes people are trying to make a name of them selfs by bashing this place its inside 18 and up, whats the big deal. jacksonville is to controlled by people who make other investors run away with a terrible taste in there mouths and take there money with them .

viejo - 10/30/2013 10:23 PM
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Leslie, in case you've not been paying attention, Baymeadows has become gang turf. No longer "family" oriented. But, as an ace "investigative" reporter, you already knew that, right?
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