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Moratorium on Strip Clubs Approved for Ward 5

2/10/2012, 12:30 p.m.

At-Large Councilman Orange Delivers

The D.C. City Council has unanimously passed legislation introduced by Councilmember Vincent B. Orange titled, "Moratorium on Establishments Which Permit Nude Dancing Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2012," "Moratorium on Establishments Which Permit Nude Dancing Emergency Amendment Act of 2012," and "Moratorium on Establishments Which Permit Nude Dancing Temporary Amendment Act of 2012."

This emergency legislation is necessary to address the immediate concerns of residents who would be adversely impacted by the overconcentration of strip clubs, topless bars, gentlemen's clubs, or adult entertainment establishments in Ward 5. Further, this emergency legislation will prohibit the issuance or the transfer of a license or permit for strip clubs, topless bars, gentlemen's clubs, or any other adult entertainment establishment offering nude performances in Ward 5.

The strip club moratorium builds on an earlier effort last month to cap the number of medical marijuana cultivation centers at six and limit the number of medical dispensaries to one in Ward 5. As Councilmember Orange emphatically stated, "Without the introduction of this emergency legislation, Ward 5 would stand as the dumping grounds for the City, with an overconcentration of medical marijuana cultivation centers and adult entertainment establishments.

There were approximately 100 senior residents from Ward 5 who turned out to witness the Council's action. They appeared before the Council, donned in white shirts emblazoned with the words, "NO MORE STRIP CLUBS."

"The passage of emergency legislation will put the brakes on additional medical marijuana centers and adult entertainment venues coming to Ward 5," said Orange.Without the passage of emergency legislation, there stood the potential of 15 medical marijuana centers and dispensaries, and 6 adult entertainment establishments coming to Ward 5."

Orange added that: "This was clearly, too much for the residents of Ward 5 to bear. I am pleased my colleagues on the Council joined me in sending a strong message that a limitation on the amount of adult entertainment establishments coming to Ward 5 was critically necessary."

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