Buffalo County Adult Entertainment Ordinance Cripples Local Business

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Updated: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:37:19 CST

The owner of an Elm Creek strip club says a recent buffalo county ordinance is costing him thousands of dollars a week.

The adult entertainment ordinance, passed back in February. It limits business hours for adult entertainment businesses.

Jonathan Canterbury is the owner of the strip club, Paradise City. His business is his life, but, back in February it took a big hit.

"It pretty much all around has devastated my business my family," said Jonathan Canterbury, owner of Paradise City.

The Buffalo county board of supervisors passed an ordinance forcing adult entertainment businesses to close at 1 AM.

"It has taken away 50–75% of my revenue," Canterbury said.

The father of five says the ordinance is also taking a toll on his family.

"It has taken food off the table for my kids it has lowered hours for any and all my employees," said Canterbury.

Before businesses were allowed to be open 24/7, and Paradise City closed at 4 a.m. Paradise city doesn't serve alcohol they serve juice, so being forced to close at 1 am means they can't compete with bars. 

"We didn't realize that most of the business takes place out there after 1 o'clock in the morning so that it's a non alcohol serving facility so were gonna review it," said Bill McMullen, Chairman of the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors.

McMullen says the decision to pass the ordinance came down to money.

"These kinds of activities seem to draw a certain element that seems to demand a little bit more attention by law enforcement so in an effort to reduce costs we thought it'd be better to reduce time," said McMullen.

But Canterbury says he hasn't had the police called to his establishment in nearly a year.

"That's just the stereotype in our business it's not even facts," said Canterbury.

On Tuesday the Buffalo County board of supervisors held a public hearing to make a small change to part of the language of the adult entertainment ordinance.Canterbury expected them to discuss the hours at Tuesday's hearing. The board says they'll have the discussion at their next meeting.

"There needs to be something worked out some kind of compromise," said McMullen.

But Canterbury is unsure if his business will survive the wait.

"I sold off my camper all my 4 wheelers my kids go carts everything that I've owned to keep my business going and now I have to wait another month," said Canterbury.

Since the ordinance went into effect, Canterbury has been cited by the police 3 times for being open after hours.