Saturday, November 03, 2007

"Residents Upset With Adult Club"

Councilwoman Diane Cibrian has inspired others.

From KSAT-12:

On Friday night, defenders said they went undercover to expose flaws in the laws. They said they went to West Avenue's Club Babylon, billed as a bikini dance club.

The club is a "Bring Your Own Beverage" and not licensed as a sexually oriented business, so certain body parts must stay covered.

But on hidden camera, KSAT said it found topless dancers, which is a violation of city code.


The manager said that when it happens the girls are punished.

"They have done it before. We send them home," Club Babylon manager Manuel Alvarado said. [Sounds reasonable. --ed.] "We follow Texas rules -- Texas laws."

The city has already shut the club down once for illegal nudity, city officials said.
"We did do an investigation, and we did find out that they were operating, indeed, as a sexually oriented business," said Rod Sanchez, the Director [o]f Development Services.


Perhaps most shocking is that with no liquor license and no sexually oriented business license, that kind of club can open almost anywhere.

"As long as those body parts are covered, they are technically not a sexually oriented business," Sanchez said. [Free speech, freedom of expression, and all that. --ed.]

The club is open 24 hours a day.

Because the city can't possibly make sure the proper body parts are covered all the time, neighbors of Club Babylon would simply like clubs like this to be classified as sexually oriented businesses, which would require a change in the definition and a vote by the city council.

Sure, just change the code to make them instant criminals. I'm sure they'd get a lot of support from Cibrian.


Dave said...

Strange. I wonder how many of these busy bodies would like KSAT-12 to come to their place of business and see what happens with reference to say, Football pots, or once college basketball season comes around and people do those bracket things? Technically, I think those things are illegal too.

Why can't these dumbasses just mind their own business?

Albatross said...

To tell the truth, I think it was the attention the Boobie Rock case was getting that inspired this story. There may be more to come.

Anonymous said...

Yep, just one more thing for all those Mothers for Morality to get their panites in a wad again!

Anonymous said...

Duh... spell that p-a-n-t-i-e-s in my previous comment. Apologies to all the good spellers out there.