By Jessica Clark
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL -- Adult entertainment was the topic of yet another St. Augustine City Commission meeting Monday night.
Earlier this summer, the city proposed an adult entertainment district. However, so many people were opposed to it and voiced their opposition, the city retooled its plan.
Monday night, commissioners discussed the latest proposal. It would only allow sexually oriented businesses in commercial areas and then not within 300 feet of churches, schools and parks. Places where people drink alcoholic beverages would have an even bigger buffer.
“It’s our understanding that it is very important for adult entertainment businesses to have alcohol within a close proximity,” Mark Knight of the city’s Planning and Zoning Department said. “So we put a 500 foot or an additional 200 foot buffer around places where you consumer alcohol.”
The goal is to make it less desirable for adult entertainment businesses to want to set up shop in St. Augustine.
The buffer plan would narrow down the most available areas to primarily U.S. 1 south of King Street, in the portion of West King Street, and an area just east of the 312 Bridge.
The commissioners must open the issue to public comment at least another time this month before voting on this proposal.
At this time, no adult entertainment business has applied for a permit in St. Augustine. The city says it’s trying to take a proactive approach. Commissioners have already passed ordinances that would not allow nudity in these businesses or allow them to sell alcohol.
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