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One is the Club Saratoga. It's been a fixture in Duluth for more than 50 years, most of that time firmly planted in Canal Park.
It opened long before the industrial waterfront transformed itself into a tourist haven. It's a white stucco building with a glass entrance.
In the doorway, a small neon advertises jazz and floor shows. The other is the NorShor Theatre, the historic downtown movie palace that's been trying to keep afloat with a bar and music acts of all kinds. The new manager ignited howls of protest last spring when he announced he would offer what he called "classy" live adult entertainment. Coincidentally, the state legislature passed a restrictive law on adult entertainment last spring. It says a strip club can't locate within feet of a residence or 2, feet of a church or school.
That would knock out both the Saratoga and the NorShor.
But the state law allows cities to adopt their own ordinances, which can be more or less restrictive. That's what city councilor Russ Stewart did Monday night. The council unanimously passed the measure he introduced. It simply subjects live entertainment venues to the same restrictions as the city already placed on adult bookstores. The community didn't fly into an outrage," he says.
In contrast to the state law, the city ordinance keeps adult establishments away from residential zones, not just residences. And they can be much closer to a church, school, or Adult club duluth mn than the state law would allow. It even threw in a grandfather clause for the Club Saratoga, saying any adult establishment that had been in continuous operation for more than a year on the same location can continue to operate.
That means the Saratoga can go on offering strip shows. But the NorShor Theatre would be too close to a pedestrian plaza and couldn't become a strip club. There must be public notices and public hearings before the planning commission," he says. Tigue also says the measure s "protected first amendment activity," and on that basis it also didn't follow the proper procedures mandated by the U. Supreme Court. Tigue says he'll be filing a lawsuit in the next few days, and asking the court to prevent the city from enforcing the ordinance. Duluth's city attorney drafted the ordinance.
He says he doesn't agree with Randall Tigue that the measure is a zoning ordinance, but he's not surprised Tigue is challenging it. Tigue is a well known first amendment lawyer who says he'll be challenging the new state law at the same time. Meanwhile, the story literally took another twist Monday night. Duluth police issued a citation during a contortionist show at the NorShor. It was the first night the theatre reopened after being closed for renovations to meet fire code.
When contacted, a police spokesman said he couldn't comment on the citation, because he hadn't yet talked to the people involved. Press reports quote the NorShor manager as saying the contortionist was fully clothed.
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