At a zoning review board meeting at City Hall, dozens of adult entertainment staffers came with signs in hand to fight against a new ordinance that would shut down all strip clubs along Cheshire Bridge Road.
After more than an hour of fiery debate, the zoning board denied the motion to recommend the area be rezoned.
"If they don't like it, they don't have to come to our clubs. If they don't like it, they should just move," Danniell Granger said.
Granger works at Onyx. She said she is a single mom and was her only income to put food on the table and her son through college.
People who live in the neighborhood said the strip clubs targeted by this rezoning ordinance are bringing down property values and causing crime to go up.
"We are fed up with having our cars and homes broken into by the drug addicts who feed their habits through the illegal sex trade that occurs every day on Cheshire Bridge," Courtney Harkness said.
After the board denied the motion to recommend the area be rezoned, someone in the crowd screamed, "We won!"
People who live in this area have been fighting to have the clubs closed for 14 years. Many residents think board members were too scared of the money and power of the strip club lawyers to approve the measure.
"They made a wrong decision," Carla Schissel said. "They are lily-livered people who didn't have the guts to vote for it."
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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