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Clay County considering adult entertainment zoning

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Updated: 11/05/2013 11:47 pm
ORANGE PARK, Fla.-- Sex may sell, but for years it hasn't in Clay County. Right now if you want to buy naughty knickknacks, you have to get them in Duval or St. Johns counties where so called "sex shops" are legal.

Zoning laws don't address adult shops in Clay County and neighbors who live in the quiet area want to keep it that way.

"Too much of a residential area," said neighbor Dana Johnson.

Like it or not, that could soon change. Action News pulled a memo from Clay's Department of Economic Development Services revealing that the county is drafting an ordinance that will allow the operation of adult entertainment shops.

Neighbors like Johnson who moved to Clay County for peace and quiet don't think the idea is very sexy at all.

"I think that's something that they should kind of keep downtown," he said. "I don't think it belongs in Clay County at all."

Others argue that as scandalous as they may sound, they may be good for the area.

"It's a trying economic time for everybody and if it's a way somebody can bring another business into Jacksonville and allow some people to have a job then I don't understand why Clay County would deny it," said neighbor Gena McGuire.

The proposed ordinance is still being drafted. It would allow adult shops only in heavy industrial and business zoning areas.

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GrammyBoomFire - 12/11/2013 1:00 AM
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A harlot by any other name is still a harlot ..... Clay County is not for sale though we will have to see if any of our elected officials are !!!! BTW Bryan 38, Ted Bundy, by his own testimony, implicated pornography and other adult perversions for helping to create his twisted mindset ..... Not certain how much tax revenue he helped generate but he did help create jobs for legal, judicial, and corrections systems !!! Anyone think that is a "positive" ????

Realchange - 11/6/2013 1:32 PM
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I do not see an issue with it considering what else our society allows. Gays are normal and good now. Abortions are good and the choice of the mother only. Considering the above 2 things mentioned being allowed in Clay county as good I see no reason why strip clubs could not operate there. Probably should be zoning ordinance though banning them operating near a school or church of any kind within say 500 yards of such a place. There does seem to be one problem with strip clubs however inordinate amount of shootings and police raids are associated with such businesses for some reason. Perhaps an ordinance should be in place requiring gun free zone inside the club backed up with automatic gun metal detectors to reduce this threat.

Bryan38 - 11/6/2013 8:14 AM
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With the internet, pay per view and stores in Duval county being available, I don't see how allowing an adult store in Clay county will have an ill effect. The positives will be more jobs and more tax revenue for the county and town that the store opens in.

Truthseeker - 11/6/2013 4:34 AM
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"Others argue that as scandalous as they may sound, they may be good for the area. "It's a trying economic time for everybody and if it's a way somebody can bring another business into Jacksonville and allow some people to have a job then I don't understand why Clay County would deny it," said neighbor Gena McGuire." This just proves that there are low lives out there who would sell their souls for what they perceive as a few cents profit regardless of the ill effects on their community.
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