Rewriting adult entertainment ordinance in Clay County

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Commissioners in Clay County voted Tuesday night to hire a lawyer to re-write an ordinance banning adult entertainment stores in the county.

The ordinance has been on the books since 1985. However, there are concerns over the constitutionality of that ordinance. In a 4-1 vote, commissioners decided to hire a lawyer who said he'll write 3 separate ordinances that could prevent any adult entertainment stores from popping up.

Commissioner Ronnie Robinson told First Coast News the price tag could be around $17,000. That's drawing a mixed reaction.

Some say having adult stores could bring jobs and help the economy, while others are concerned about safety and a lower quality of life.

Robinson told First Coast News he voted against the idea because the ordinance on the books now hasn't been challenged in court.

Robinson said the lawyer could have 2 of the 3 ordinances ready for review in several weeks.


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