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Bikini bar booted from Baymeadows area, for now

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Updated: 11/15/2013 1:39 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Girls in bikinis won't be dancing anywhere near Baymeadows Road, at least for now.

"We don't need to give one more reason for families to move to St. John's County," said neighbor Deedee Campbell.

The Planning Commission denied the business's application for a zoning exception, which is required to open an adult entertainment club that serves alcohol. City leaders listed several reasons.

"It could diminish or slow future redevelopment and revitalization efforts," said Folks Huxford with the Planning Department.

Those living nearby agreed. Even a local student, just 16 years old, said he didn't want that business in his back yard.

"Crime will increase, property values will decrease and retail businesses will suffer," said local student Hudson Horn.

An attorney for the group looking to make Paradise a late-night hangout argued constitutional rights.

"To deny permission to engage in a constitutionally protected expression, they're illegal. You can't do that," said attorney Carl Sanders.

Sanders has the right to appeal the recommendation. Still, the City Council will have the final say, and decide the fate of the bikini bar.
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nativejax - 11/15/2013 8:33 AM
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Actually Mr crooked lawyer, they can do that. If a business depreciates the surrounding businesses in value and cost them revenue, they have every right to block it.

Nunya - 11/15/2013 8:12 AM
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Save the trashy businesses for the Westside. Baymeadows is one of the few remaining spots in the City that are reasonably safe and thug-free.

pithhelmet - 11/15/2013 8:05 AM
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Would LOVE to see a growth chart of the areas surrounding the strips clubs on Phillips highway, before and after the adult clubs were opened. I bet the number of street walkers went up, crime went up, crack dealers increased profits and police calls went up... pretty good results in general, all positive numbers.
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