“We’ve tried to imagine a million different scenarios of how we can operate with this law,” said Joe Spinello, owner of the Shady Lady in Kansas City.
“But it’s awfully restrictive.”At least one local adult entertainment venue closed after the rules went into effect.
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Spinello said his establishment might be able to remain open because he owes no money on the property and can sell liquor because his dancers wear bikinis and aren’t considered semi-nude.
Other clubs, though, might face bigger hurdles to staying in business: “The other guys with bigger rents are going to have a really tough time,” he said.
Louis Webcams KSDK-TV 5 Webcams | 1010 Market Street Cam | St.“Rather, it seeks to reduce negative secondary effects associated with such businesses, including detrimental health and sanitary conditions, prostitution and drug-related crimes both inside and outside these locations, as well as deterioration of the surrounding neighborhoods.”The court said the law does not violate anyone’s free speech rights.And it also said lawmakers did not need a fiscal note on the law’s potential financial impact before it acted, as the club owners had claimed in their arguments to the court.Others have stayed open, hoping the court would throw out the law and allow a resumption of nude and semi-nude exhibitions.Some club owners claimed their attendance dropped by 75 percent or more when they tried to meet the new restrictions by covering their dancers, although they now say some customers have started to return. Dick Bryant, an attorney for club owners and employees who challenged the law, said he was considering such an appeal — although earlier this year he said such an effort might prove futile.“We believe the decision is a major erosion of rights of free expression afforded under the constitutions of Missouri and the United States,” Bryant said in an email Tuesday to The Associated Press.