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Georgia Town Spends $1 Million to Buy and Close Strip Club

What's more important than upgrades to a water treatment plant? Flushing smut down the drain. Lavonia, GA officials scraped together a million bucks to buy the local strip club, Café Risqué (ooh la la) and not because they wanted a side business for a little extra cash. They bought the sucker so they could close it right down.

The mayor received a standing ovation when he announced the deal — and then promptly showed he meant business by having crews rip down the highway signs advertising the joint and burning them in a huge bonfire (talk about a Red Light district.) The town had been trying to get rid of the club for years, and not until they spent the money that could have gone for water treatment upgrades and bought the place could they circumvent court rulings that said nude dancing was a constitutionally protected form of expression.

The town now has an ordinance outlawing adult entertainment businesses. Was the $1 million well spent? Do you suppose it was all in ones?


a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 9 years
"Someone should open a brothel right outside city limits. Maybe if we buy everything we don't like we can pretend that the world is like Leave it to Beaver. " Or you could build your brothel and name it "Leave it to Beaver." (But you might encounter some legal issues. Maybe you could call it "Better than Livonia Beaver.")
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I celebrated this decision by going to a strip club last night. That was a lot of fun!! JK
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Oh, I didn't think about eminent domain. The mayor should have just ornaginzed a new shopping mall or highway that needed to go through the club. He would have had to pay, but not a million dollars. (btw, one of the most embarrassing decisions handed down from the court in modern times.)
bleached bleached 9 years
Eminent domain. They probably would have had to pay them anyway... When the government takes, they have to pay just compensation
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Way to spend a million dollars... :OY:
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
When I was in high school I got transferred to a small town where dancing was outlawed. Turns out some years ago some kids were killed coming home from a prom and the town's preacher moved to have all dances banishes. Well, I could only express myself through the magic of dancing so what I did was I got Old Man Hickory to let us use his barn which was just on the other side of the border. We had that dance and everyone got footloose. I was never the same after that again.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I suppose that's one way to handle it, but it's pretty stupid if you ask me. Someone should open a brothel right outside city limits. Maybe if we buy everything we don't like we can pretend that the world is like Leave it to Beaver. :oy:
em113 em113 9 years
I know he didn't legislate it, but he tried to before (and lost in court) that's what I was referring to. And just because the people that supported the mayor were happy doesn't make them right or make them representative of everyone in the town.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
i'm with undave! this is awesome. good for them.
em1282 em1282 9 years
I laughed out loud at the comment "do you suppose it was all in ones?" I wouldn't be surprised! ;) If I lived there and had any say whatsoever in the matter, I'd take the water upgrades over the dramatic burning of the nudie bar. That whole "can't survive for more than a day without water" deal is a bit more important to me than whether or not some dude (or chick) wants boobs in his/her face.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I am glad they bought it instead of trying to outlaw it. (Though, isn't it outlawed now?) I wonder what the owner is doing with his million bucks.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
The mayor didn't legslate it out of town, he bought it. The difference is this is a win-win. The town gets rid of the "eyesore", and the owner becomes a wealthy man (or woman). The fact that he got a standing ovation by the townspeople when he announced the plan tells me that it wasn't a popular place with the locals.
em113 em113 9 years
Just because some of the townspeople want to overleglisate morality, doesn't mean it's okay and it doesn't mean that the entire town was behind the mayor. It wouldn't have stayed in business for all those years if it didn't have customers. I don't go to strip clubs, but I don't mind their existence. Live and let live people!
death-by-chocolat death-by-chocolat 9 years
Just an aside... My best friend and I stopped here on a college road trip a few years ago, for kicks. It was a pretty hilarious, innocent version of "adult entertainment". There were only like 2 guys in there (eating some homestyle cookin') and the girls were bored and sitting around talking to US rather than "working". Ahh, memories.
stephley stephley 9 years
It's not spiteful Torg, it would be good business - if they were willing to pay a million to close one, you could drive a harder bargain now.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
So ridiculous. If I had unlimited funds, I would go to that town and open another strip club just to be spiteful.
stephley stephley 9 years
Just out of curiosity I looked up commercial real estate in Lavonia Georgia - I'm thinking that mayor is a bad business man and they may want to keep the town's finances away from him.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I like the idea. The town didn't like having a strip club, or the type of people those clubs bring into a community. They couldn't force him out, so they bought the business. That's the way America should be. If you don't like a company in your community, the government should buy it, not make laws to make it illegal. Disclaimer:I am only speaking about businesses that are legal, but might be deemed immoral.
356UIK 356UIK 9 years
:ROTFL: Oh I love it. That is rich. If it was what his constituents wanted, then yes it was worth it. I hate those huge ugly obnoxious billboard signs.
stephley stephley 9 years
Who in the town was spending money at the club to keep it open in the first place? Bet more than one local guy is plenty ticked at his holiness the mayor now.
em113 em113 9 years
I think that's ridiculous. If the club is doing something illegal, like abusing it's dancers etc. than shut them down on those grounds. Don't waste 1 million on buying a place just to shut it down. There are better ways to spend it.
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