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Vine Grove might pass sex business ordinance

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By Amber Coulter

Vine Grove officials are considering an ordinance regulating practices and alcohol sales for any sexually oriented businesses that might look to locate in the town.

The city council listened Monday to the first reading of an ordinance that would, among other things, prohibit public nudity. It also would prohibit the sale of alcohol in sexually oriented businesses.

The city’s current ordinance says only that the city reserves the right to pass ordinances related to such businesses.

The change is prompted by alcohol sale petitions being signed in Vine Grove, Elizabethtown and Radcliff, said City Attorney Mike Pike.

“We need to get rid of the old one and bring the new one in,” he said.

Pike told council members that whether any of those petitions pass, the time has come to pass a specific ordinance dealing with adult-oriented businesses.

It’s especially important to make sure that alcohol isn’t allowed to be sold in such establishments, Pike said.

“That’s a good thing, I think, and I think it’s consistent with the values that I understand to be those of Vine Grove,” he said.

Pike said there often is a bad result when behavior associated with sexually oriented businesses is combined with alcohol.

He said the ordinance is based on one passed in Louisville because that ordinance has been upheld by courts in almost all aspects.

The measure is supposed to be proactive, rather than reactive, Mayor Blake Proffitt said Tuesday.

The petition for alcohol sales is a matter of opinion and freedom of speech, Proffitt said, but as an elected official he has to be aware of what else alcohol sales might usher in.

Proffitt said he doesn’t think it’s likely that sexually oriented businesses would move into the area, but it’s important to prepare for that possibility.

If they move in because there aren’t regulations, it could be harder to get them to leave, Proffitt said.

Vine Grove is “my Mayberry,” Proffitt said, and it’s a morally conservative community.

“I don’t want to see that go away,” he said.

Council members will vote on the ordinance at a future meeting.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.