Sexually oriented business amendments approved by SA City Council

Police chief praises council action; Attorney for strip clubs cries foul

Author: Paul Venema, Reporter, pvenema@ksat.com
Published On: Dec 06 2012 06:30:42 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

The San Antonio City Council unanimously approved some major changes to the city’s ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses on Thursday.

The amendments require entertainers to expand coverage of the female breast.

If they are wearing less than a bikini top, the business is considered a sexually oriented business.

They also raise the criminal penalty for violating the ordinance from a Class C misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor.

“I’m pleased that it passed, from a law enforcement standpoint,” San Antonio police Chief Bill McManus said following the council vote.

He noted that there is a direct correlation between sexually oriented businesses and crime rates in the areas where the businesses are located.

Attorney Richard Deegear, who represents several area strip clubs, said Thursday’s action was a disappointment.

“This entire process has been a disappointment because there hasn’t been any process to speak of,” Deegear said.

He said they did not discuss the matter with him or his clients nor did they hold public hearings on the proposals.

The amendments go into effect in 60 days.

Deegear said he plans to take his case to federal court shortly thereafter.