High Springs Leaders Consider Zoning for Adult Businesses
New adult businesses have met with opposition in some North Central Florida towns...but soon they'll soon have a place to go if a proposal passes in high springs.
Its not that city leaders want adult businesses.
High Springs city leaders want to create a zone as far away as possible from their downtown and residential areas.
Tonight they will host a public hearing and possibly approve an ordinance that would pre-empt battles like we've seen in other cities.
The City Comission meeting in High Springs tonight is going over controversial zoning plans. The city leaders have the goal of setting aside industrial land for possible adult stores. After seeing the struggle between The city of Waldo and Cafe Risque...they decided to put a plan in place to maintain control of what comes into their city.
"We've reviewed numbers of ordinances that deal with adult bookstores and those shops and we think through all of this work that we've been able to put an ordinance together that can stand up in court," said High Springs Mayor Larry Travis.
The mayor chose industrial land because it is on the outskirts of the city. He does not want these stores to interfere with the families of High Springs...so this land is the best place.
"Most of our citizens are in agreement with us we don't want them in our city, but if they do we want to know where they are going to be placed," said High Springs Mayor Larry Travis.
Many people in this town do not want the stores coming in, but if they have to go somewhere... they say this is the best place.
"We do not want the place next door to be an adult bookstore or anything equivalent to that...it's just going to draw away from the area and run down the whole business area," Checker's owner Kerry Gray.
Existing business owners also have a concern with keeping a family friendly atmosphere in the city. The land set aside will be at least 500 feet away from any schools and churches.
"No I don't care what it is, it has to be way out there by itself and if people want to drive there for that...thats fine," Checker's owner Kerry Gray.
Archer City leaders are considering a similar proposal to the one in High Springs.
They are working with a consultant on developing plans to provide an adult business zone there, possibly in the next couple of months. The city of Alachua already has one in place.
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