Introduction...

Freedom of Speech is one of the most fundamental principles upon which our Country was built. Introduced by the Founding Fathers in the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution, it contains no ambiguity. Paid for in blood, by thousands of fellow Americans who fought and died so that future generations could possess, cherish, and pass this gift on, it has been vital to the past, present and future of our Great Nation. Yet, in present days it has become one of the most controversial issues and subjects for interpretation.

Porn Newz - Adult Industry News, Events & Articles

Monday, December 15, 2008

Adult business law ready for City Council

BY WILLIAM F. WEST
DAILY DISPATCH WRITER

A proposed adult entertainment ordinance will go to the Henderson City Council on Jan. 12 with a recommendation by the Planning Board, but amended to allow for such establishments to have access to municipal sewer and water hookups and to avoid being so strict the city could become a target of First Amendment lawsuits...read more

How many sex shops in Queensland? Nobody knows

December 15, 2008

DESPITE Queensland having the dubious honor of being the nation's sex-shop capital, its adult retail industry is badly regulated and it lacks planning laws restricting the set-up of new stores near schools and churches.

A planning-law review that Planning Minister Paul Lucas announced in April is under way but industry identities want the State Government to go further with a proper legal framework for retailers of adult erotica.

Eros Association chief executive officer Fiona Patten said it was impossible to calculate exactly how many sex shops operated because they were not recognised by law....read more

Net filter 'will spark sex shop boom'

Kate Dennehy
December 15, 2008


SEX shops will inundate Queensland if the Federal Government filters internet pornography, an industry expert has warned.

Fiona Patten, chief executive officer of adult industry group Eros Association, said people who could not access "adult material" online would buy it from sex shops.

Queensland already had at least 116 sex shops - more per capita than any other Australian state.

"If the filtering goes ahead, Queensland will see an explosion of adult shops because, if people can't access adult material online, they'll go to retail outlets instead," she said. "Increased demand will lead to more shops."

Before the last election, the Labor Party promised to introduce internet service provider (ISP) filtering of "prohibited" material including images of sexual abuse of children.

The Labor Party promised to block content using a site blacklist that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) maintains.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, said the Government was also considering more sophisticated filtering techniques to allow families to exclude additional online content from home computers. Critics say internet filtering will be too costly, slow download speeds and threaten civil liberties.

They say children will "get around" the filters and parents will incorrectly believe their children cannot access pornography.

Keith Boswell, who runs three BeDaring Adult Shops in south-east Queensland, said some traders had complained of a downturn in business since the economic slump, while others reported business as usual.

"There is enormous demand for non-violent erotica in Queensland, so I think adult stores are probably more resilient when it comes to discretionary spending," he said.

"If the filtering goes ahead, I think some people who prefer to look online will be embarrassed to go into stores."

Protests against the proposed filters were held in Brisbane and other centres around the country on Saturday.

Lincoln: What defines 'special amusement'?


By Nick Sambides Jr.
BDN Staff
December 15, 2008

LINCOLN, Maine — Town Councilor Thora House doesn’t want an adult entertainment center on Main Street.

That’s why the planning board tonight will discuss and possibly reword the town’s special amusement permit to specify what businesses are allowed to offer, she and council chairman Steve Clay said Sunday.

“They might specify what is not ‘special amusement,’” Clay said Sunday. “It came up because every year we give special amusement permit renewals to [town businesses] and Thora was concerned that there was nothing in the ordinance that prohibited anything.”

Peter Phinney, the board’s chairman, did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment Sunday.

At House’s request, the council referred the matter to the board at the council’s meeting earlier this month, Clay said.

Lincoln has no adult entertainment centers, such as businesses that feature exotic dancers or sexual paraphernalia. Nor were Clay and House aware of any such businesses with plans to open in Lincoln. Some town convenience stores sell adult magazines.

Businesses must apply for special amusement permits in order to offer karaoke, live music and jukeboxes, among other things, House said. She has voted against the last two special amusement permits the council approved because she believed the ordinance lacked definition.

House is not necessarily against adult entertainment centers such as strip clubs in town, she said, but would want them at least placed in discreet locations — definitely not on Main Street.

She asked that the board consider rewriting the ordinance to reflect three entertainment levels. Jukeboxes and G-rated entertainment would be first; then more restrictive live and more adult-oriented entertainment, such as comedians who use adult language; and adult, or X-rated, entertainment, she said.

“When somebody comes to me for an entertainment license, I want to know what that means,” House said. As it stands, “There is nothing there; they can do whatever they want.”

Benicia council to hear public comments about adult entertainment law

By JESSICA A. YORK
Times-Herald staff writer

A tightened city law covering "adult entertainment" businesses in Benicia will be open to public comment Tuesday night.

The Benicia City Council will take its first crack at the adjusted law, which addresses the likes of strip clubs, adult book stores and other entertainment not for minors.

The fact that the law's update, which sets a number of restrictions on adult businesses, cannot just ban those businesses has riled residents in recent months.

Dozens of residents attended a recent city Planning Commission on the law. They urged the commission to throw out the restrictions and just say no to those businesses. City staff and commissioners explained that federal law prohibits banning the establishment of strip clubs and their like, but allows the city to set certain hoops for the business owners to jump through first.

The law attempts to mitigate "undesirable secondary effects" of adult businesses, according to a city staff report. Some hypothetical effects the city wants to avoid include increased crime, blight, reductions in property values and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

The public hearing, set for Tuesday's city council meeting at 7 p.m., comes more than a year and a half after the city set a moratorium on all new adult entertainment. Out-of-town business owner Robert Amatrone, who put out feelers on the city's adult entertainment laws in May 2007, was the council's impetus for updating its city codes....read more

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Porn Oscars Hosted by Vegas Casino, Linking Sex to Gambling

Preston Lewis
December 14, 2008

Strip clubs are working deals with casinos to provide eye candy by supplying girls to lounge at resort pools.

In yet another sign that the sex and gambling industries are blurring the lines where one form of adult entertainment stops and the other begins, one of the premiere events of the new year will be the AVN Adult Movie Awards, to be held at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. This is essentially the Oscars for sex films.

Just as the gambling industry in general, and recently online casinos in specific, have endured legal assaults due to stigmas and mistaken assumptions about the nature of the business, so too has pornography had to suffer social alienation and legal persecution before achieving acceptance.

Yet, the x-rated movie industry may offer hope for the future for gambling aficionados. Even though participants in the porn field were threatened with lengthy prison sentences in the Seventies and the Eighties, porn has become socially cool. Jenna Jameson is an idol to many young girls, and porn goddesses regularly earn mainstream work, once unthinkable when porn work made actors and actresses lepers.

So, even though currently online gambling operators are relentlessly pursued by federal law enforcement, advertising a sports wagering service earns long jail terms, and millions are forfeited to the government, gambling can expect that laws will soften as the immutable truth sinks in, as it did with porn: America likes it.

Meanwhile, Las Vegas continues to snuggle ever closer to sex industry brands. Penthouse is searching for a Strip casino to buy, and Playboy operates a club at the Palms casino and an online casino under its own brand. Strip clubs are working deals with casinos to provide eye candy by supplying girls to lounge at resort pools. And the Girls of Glitter Gulch strip club wants to install slots.

So, the Adult Video News Adult Movie Awards will take place at Mandalay Bay on January 10th, hosted by noted fornicator Belladonna. What could make more sense? With tickets running from $107 to $240, it's a sure sellout. After all, whether the government likes it or not, people love porn and gambling.


Monday, December 1, 2008

News: Maleflixxx Donates for World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day.

Since 1988, this global event has been observed in order to fight prejudice, raise funds, educate and bring awareness in the war against HIV and AIDS. This year, the porn industry is joining in the battle. Toronto-based Sureflix Digital Distribution, parent company of Maleflixxx on-demand network, will donate one dollar from every rental on World AIDS Day to charity. In an effort to extend its philanthropic reach, the studio will contribute to a number of different organizations this year, including the Canada-Africa Partnership, the Test Positive Aware Network and the Folsom Fund. “As members of the gay adult entertainment industry,” says Eric Johnson, president of Sureflix, “we believe it is our responsibility to assist in the fight against this unyielding disease.” MaleFlixxx, which distributes online content from Lucas Entertainment, COLT Studio Group, Bel Ami and Blue Blake, among others, has pledged funds since 2005. For more information, visit Maleflixxx.tv and WorldAIDSday.org.

East Volusia News - newsjournalonline.com

November 28, 2008
Ormond being proactive to restrict adult businesses

ORMOND BEACH -- From 1991 until a few weeks ago, Ormond Beach had a law that banned all sexually oriented businesses.

Before 1991, there were no laws on the books that governed strip clubs, adult bookstores and similar X-rated operations.

If someone had tried to open a gentlemen's club in Ormond Beach during all those years and was turned down, he or she could have won a court argument about their First Amendment rights being violated and walked away with a tidy sum of damages.

That person also could have located pretty much anywhere he or she wanted inside the city limits, and operated how they wanted, and there would have been no city laws to stop them....read more


Dirty little Web secret: Porn at work

Dirty little Web secret: Porn at work
BY JANE H. FURSE
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Monday, December 1st 2008


Americans aren't waiting until quitting time to get their X-rated kicks on the Internet.

Office workers view more porn sites at their office than at home - and are doing it 23% more than just a year ago, Newsweek reports in its upcoming issue.

"People are looking for an escape," says Steve Hirsch, CEO of Vivid Entertainment Group, an adult online video provider.

Many white-collar workers believe their bosses are too busy to notice their dirty Web surfing, Dawn Adams of the consulting firm HResults tells Newsweek.

"Managers are dealing with so many issues right now that sometimes people are able to hide out and no one knows what they're doing," she says.

Another possible factor may be that porn is no big deal for some Generation Y workers.

"You're looking at a younger consumer who has grown up with pornography being out there in the pop culture," said M.J. McMahon, publisher of AVN Online magazine, which tracks the adult video industry.

The increased volume of on-the-job smut surfing doesn't just mean lost productivity or an increase in sexual harassment lawsuits.

There's also an increase in computer viruses, adware and spyware that wind up in corporate networks. They can wreak havoc on companies and also expose wayward employees.

Adams said she fired an executive for spending hours a day on adult sites. The skin sites repeatedly crashed his computer.

"That's how we found out," Adams said.


Saturday, November 29, 2008

THE RIGHT TO OFFER NUDE DANCING'? Topless bar applicants sue city of Destin

The Oasis of Destin has sued the city claiming that adult entertainment ordinances violate the bar's First Amendment rights.

The action was filed by the bar located on Mountain Drive and Trident-Operations LLC, a company that the Oasis has entered into a management agreement with to run the bar.
"The plaintiffs wish to engage in activities protected under the First Amendment, i.e., offering nude dance entertainment," the lawsuit says.

The city's rules governing such establishments "has deprived the plaintiffs of the right to offer nude-dance entertainment," the lawsuit further states. "For these reasons the plaintiffs are entitled to declaratory and permanent injunctive relief barring the City from enforcing these ordinances ..."

"We approached (the city), made a case for why the ordinances are not valid and then applied for a business license and were then promptly turned down," said Cary Wiggins, a former Niceville resident now practicing law at the Atlanta-based law firm of Cook, Youngelson & Wiggins. "There's really nothing left to do. If the ordinances aren't valid, there's really no sense in working with them."

Destin attorney Jerry Miller did not return messages seeking comment on the lawsuit.

__________

To read the entire lawsuit, click here.

THE ANATOMY OF A TOPLESS BAR LAWSUIT

Business owner: Erotic dancing ‘viable’ in Destin
November 29, 2008 - 10:13 AM
William Hatfield

A businessman who wants to become the first topless bar owner in Destin says it is “absolutely a business just like anything else.”

“Well, maybe not like anything else,” said Terry Stephenson, who is operating the Oasis on Mountain Drive. “But if the biggest issue you have to deal with is that an adult, 21 and over, wants to go to a club, watch girls dance, and have a drink … Surely there are other big issues to deal with than what an adult does in his spare time.”

Stephenson and his attorneys recently filed a First Amendment lawsuit in federal court alleging that the city of Destin is infringing on the bar’s right “to offer nude-dance entertainment.”

“Ultimately, I feel like the erotic dancing format is a commercially viable situation in Destin. So that’s pretty much what I’m gonna pursue,” he said.

__________

To read the entire lawsuit, click here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The odd crowd slip in for a bit of adult entertainment

Don’t get me wrong but I don’t think I’ve ever seen Peter Stringfellow when he wasn’t wearing a thong. But that was in the papers, of course, not in the flesh (so to speak). It was still a bit of a shock to see Mr Stringfellow wearing a pinstripe suit when he came to Westminster yesterday. Still, all else about him was as expected: the grey-blond hair that crept over the collar, the tinted shades, the aura of loucheness that clung to him like a starlet on a sugar-daddy’s arm.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s session on lap dancing had attracted an odd crowd. There was Mr Stringfellow, a former dancer named Nadine Stravonia de Montagnac, and a beautiful woman who went by the name of Solitaire. She gave me her card that showed her, head thrown to one side, dark hair cascading, in a dress split to the thigh and beyond. Did she have a last name? “I just go by Solitaire,” she said sultrily with an enigmatic smile as if she were in a Bond movie or something.

First up was Nadine Stravonia de Montagnac (we never did get to the bottom of that name) and a woman from a group called Object who, not surprisingly, objected to just about everything. “We should call a spade a spade,” said Nadine, who had a permanent pout about her face. She’d been a dancer of eight years and thought the clubs should be classified as “sex encounter establishments” and licensed as such....read more

Deputies Searching For Adult-Entertainment Venue Bandit

November 26, 2008
FOX 34


Sheriff's deputies are searching for the bandit who robbed an adult-entertainment venue. The Fantasy Theater on Slaton Highway was targeted by a gun-wielding robber who walked in and demanded cash at about 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The clerk says the man was wearing a brown stocking over his head and black gloves. The suspect is described as Hispanic, about 5'6", and weighs about 200 pounds.
According to a witness, the getaway car is a green Pontiac Grand Am....read more

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dream Pleasure Tours to Exhibit at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo

Nov. 25, 2008

LONG BEACH, CA, (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Dream Pleasure Tours announced today that it will be exhibiting at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo from January 8 to 11, 2009 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo is the premier show for adult themed products and entertainment. The show attracts more that 30,000 attendees and appeals to a very eclectic crowd, including singles, couples, swingers, and fetish aficionados -- anybody who's a "free thinking, liberated individual." The show is attended both by members of the adult entertainment trade and adult entertainment consumers. Featured at the show will be 350 exhibitors showcasing everything from sexy fashions and adult toys and novelties to the latest in sex enhancement products. The event is packed full of special attractions including seminars, contests and entertainment.
Dream Pleasure Tours has been designated as the official "travel agency for adult only, open minded vacations" and will be providing five super sexy vacations to world famous adult only anything goes resorts, such as Hedonism II, Desire Resort and Spa, and Yolo Cruise. These are the vacations that most people only dream about. You've watched the movies where the stars have wild and crazy sex at a luxurious tropical resort -- with these vacations you can be the star of your own wildest fantasy. Five lucky winners and the partners of their choice will be off for the vacation of a lifetime.
Gary Booth, director of communication and club/resort relations for Dream Pleasure Tours, said, "The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo is going to be a great event. It's the perfect place for us to showcase our adult oriented vacations. This is a great opportunity for us to reach people whom traditionally may not be aware of the wonderful exotic vacation packages we can put together for our customers. Our target audience is open minded fun loving and non-judgmental people looking to take their sensual experiences to a new high. Come on and check out the show -- you might be the lucky winner of one of these dream vacations!"
For more information on the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo go to www.adultentertainmentexpo.com.
About Dream Pleasure Tours
Dream Pleasure Tours is a tour and travel company specializing in tours and travel designed to entice the senses and stimulate our guests' deepest desires. Our guests are seeking to combine the ambience of luxury with the enchantment of a dreamscape. They throw off the constraints of everyday life and enter a world unlike anything they've ever experienced. Setting passion and sensuality free they leave the labels behind. Dream Pleasure Tours -- making fantasy a reality for open minded fun loving people, and world leaders in couples only travel, adult travel, swingers travel, erotic travel and lifestyles travel to the hottest sexiest resorts on the planet. To find out more about Dream Pleasure Tours, visit us at www.dreampleasuretours.com or call 888-660-9733.
For Media Communications Contact:
Gary Booth
Director Communications and Club/Resort Relations
Dream Pleasure Tours?
949-698-3652



Sunday, November 23, 2008

Benicia 'gentlemen's club' proposal sparks uproar

11/23/2008
By JESSICA A. YORK

BENICIA - Taking a page from Benicia's history books, a man looking to bring a "gentlemen's club" to the city is causing a public uproar in the process.

St. Helena resident Robert Amatrone has sued the Benicia council and staff, claiming the city stiff-armed him before he had a chance to bare it all in what he claims would be an upscale affair.........
read more

Disney Site Recommends 'New York's Last Grindhouse' For Kids

November 23, 2008
NYPOST.COM

The Fair Theatre in East Elmhurst, Queens is "good-for-kids'' as young as infants, insists a page on Disneyfamilytravel.com, which includes it on a long list of NYC tourist attractions like Rockefeller Center and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The wacky things you come up with on a Google search! I guess they didn't read my 2007 article on the 67-year-old Fair, which I dubbed "New York's last grindhouse.'' I reported that the theatre's main business was showing gay male porn, complete with private booths, though it offers other types of movies -- currently, Bollywood fare -- to comply with New York City's 60/40 adult business law. Or maybe a bored, gay employee at Disney Family Travel put it on the list as a joke...SEE THE ARTICLE

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Adult bookstore in River Falls?

November 20, 2008
Debbie Griffin
River Falls Journal


In an attempt to separate rumor and reality, the Journal followed up on an anonymous tip that arrived via U.S. mail last week asserting that the “new owners of the Super 8 Motel (now the Highland Inn) are planning to put a pornography/adult store in River Falls…” ............READ MORE

Monday, November 17, 2008

Destin to review 'adult entertainment' ordinances

Now that Destin has received its first request in at least a decade to open a topless bar, the city must review the rules governing "adult entertainment," City Councilor Dewey Destin says.

“We probably need to review those to bring them up to snuff on what the current status of the law is," the councilor said at Monday's council meeting. The council endorsed the idea unanimously.

Rocky Griffith, who owns the Oasis in Destin/Thai Delights property on Mountain Drive, has applied for a business license to open a topless bar there. City officials say the zoning at that spot doesn't allow adult entertainment, though Griffith could request a zoning change.

Section 3-2 of Destin's ordinances, which governs adult entertainment, is 20 years old. It prohibits nudity in bars, night clubs and any business "which sells alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises." The ban includes showing the female breast "below the top of the areola" and any exposure of genitals or buttocks.

City Manager Greg Kisela said the city would review the rules and report back.

For a play-by-play from Monday night's meeting, click here.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Topless bar application puts Destin in uncharted territory

November 15, 2008
Fraser Sherman

In the 10 years he’s been at Destin City Hall, nobody has proposed opening a topless bar in town, Deputy City Manager John Paton says.

That’s no longer the case. Ricky Griffith, who owns the Oasis and Thai Delights property on Mountain Drive, recently filed a business-license application to turn the Oasis into a topless bar, but it’s an idea that isn’t finding many supporters.

“The board hasn’t discussed it and rarely takes specific positions on individual businesses,” President/CEO Shane Moody of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce told The Log, “but with us trying to turn the harbor into a destination and festive marketplace for families, a strip club is not what we want to see there.”

Thursday afternoon, four women working at Harmon Insurance and Bonding, in the Destin Business Center next to Griffith’s property, said to put them down as “Four no’s ... totally against.”

A half-dozen men playing pool at Oasis that afternoon declined to answer The Log’s questions.

“I’m not going there,” one of them said.

Still, City Manager Greg Kisela said, it’s not surprising Griffith has applied: “If it’s commercially viable you’re going to have adult entertainment wanting to be here ... We’ve got 40 to 60,000 tourists during the 100 days of summer.”

Community Development Director Ken Gallander said the Commercial Trades and Services zoning on the north side of Mountain doesn’t allow for topless waitresses. The only zoning in Destin that would allow them is Industrial, which is found in two areas off Airport Road.
If the city turns down Griffith’s application over the zoning, he has the option to appeal to the Board of Adjustments, and to take a refusal to circuit court. Alternatively, he could ask the council to rezone his land to Industrial or to redefine Commercial Trades and Services.

Griffith signed the business-license application, but he told The Log that the topless bar is his lessee’s idea.

Norma Calhoun, the former manager of the Oasis, told The Log that Terry Stephenson of the Georgia strip club Pin-ups, had leased the property. The Log wasn’t able to reach Stephenson for confirmation or comment.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Porn and the Presidency

November 3rd, 2008
By: Luke Gilkerson

Under:
Porn Industry


Question: Which candidate has the porn industry concerned about their profits?

Answer: John McCain.

In a recent article from Adult Video News (AVN), major adult industry analyst Jack Morrison explains what is at stake for pornographers in tomorrow’s elections. According to Morrison, there are only two things holding back the law from curtailing the availability of online porn: (1) the Supreme Court’s current interpretation of the First Amendment, and (2) the Department of Justice’s willingness to focus on enforcing such laws at the federal level.

Morrison further says, “Both of those barriers to revenue-killing legislation are currently hanging by a thread, and the November election will determine whether the thread breaks, and whether the online erotica industry suffers as a result.”

There will be at least one vacancy on the Supreme Court (nearly inevitable) in the next four years, and the new administration will probably appoint a new Attorney General to head up the Department of Justice. Morrison concludes that if McCain is elected today, he could very well appoint judges that will begin letting anti-porn legislation stand. This, he says, “will create a blank check for either Congress or state legislatures to pass more anti-porn laws by removing the ‘political cover’ of unconstitutionality.” McCain could also appoint an Attorney General who will enforce these laws. “And that could be absolutely fatal to the adult erotica industry,” Morrison contends.

He counsels the adult industry profiteers, “unless you want to risk laws and regulations that could clobber your revenue and profit, you’ll do everything you can to see that McCain loses.” He also quotes adult industry lawyer Lawrence G. Walters:

“There’s absolutely no question in my mind that this is the most important election for the industry in decades. If things go the wrong way, the industry could be in for a period of suppression that could last for decades.”

The Business of Porn

I assume for most readers, porn is not one of those make-it-or-break-it issues when it comes to decisions made in the voting booth. It isn’t for me. I assume porn will find a way, as it always does, to wiggle its way into people’s lives, despite all the legislation in the world.

What I find so fascinating is the language used by Morrison in this article. He uses the language of business: distribution, industry, revenue, profit. This is not surprising because this is exactly what AVN, the trade journal of the porn world, is all about. Contrary to what some may think, you don’t find many articles on AVN by perverts talking about sexual deviancy. What you do find is one article after another about the technology and business models that will help make the pornographer successful at his trade.

Andrew Edmond, President and CEO of the $20 million Internet porn business, Flying Crocodile, stated, “a lot of people [outside the adult industry], get distracted from the business model by [the sex]. It is just as sophisticated and multilayered as any other marketplace. We operate just like any Fortune 500 company.”

What do YOU think about Porn?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sewer arguments pump up Milton’s legal bills

Divisive issue of extension keeps lawyers logging hours

By Doug Nurse
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, November 02, 2008


The city of Milton has blown through its budget for legal fees by more than $100,000.

The biggest money-eater wasn’t its fight against billboards, although that consumed a chunk of change; and it wasn’t a drawn-out battle with an adult business —- because there aren’t any in Milton.

The biggest legal cost was the City Council’s protracted and contentious efforts to sort out a sewer policy, which ate up $52,200 of the $180,000 set aside for lawyerly consultations. By Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, the overall tab for legal fees was $281,400.

Mayor Joe Lockwood said the council, which was bitterly divided 4-3 on what the policy should be, frequently sought the opinion and assurance of the city’s lawyers.

“It was a very heated topic,” Lockwood said. “We had people running absolutely everything by the city attorneys rather than relying on staff. Some City Council members copy the city attorneys on every e-mail they send.”

There are a couple of reasons why developing the sewer policy has cost so much.

First, it was a complicated issue involving confusing or imprecise maps over where sewer could go, vested rights issues by property owners, and Fulton County’s inconsistent sewer policies for the area.

Second, sewer has been used as a growth management tool in Milton.

Sewer extension was the issue, with one faction of the City Council saying that if anybody new received sewer service, it was “sewer extension,” hence pro-growth and an enemy of Milton. The other faction defined sewer extension as adding sewer outside the area served by county sewer.

The argument was long and bitter. With a divided council, it was a legal and political minefield.

City Attorney Ken Jarrard said the demands of the council required him to spend a lot of time researching past policies of Fulton County, how they were applied, how they fit into law and state policies, and what the city could and couldn’t do.

“I knew a thousand set of eyes would check this research, and this analysis would be picked apart by a lot of very intelligent people,” Jarrard said.

“The City Council lives and breathes this stuff. You leave a loose end at your peril.”

An analysis of Jarrard’s records shows that Councilwoman Julie Zahner Bailey, an avid opponent of sewer, polled the lawyers with more sewer-related queries than anyone else on the council. Between October 2007 and September 2008, Zahner Bailey e-mailed Jarrard’s law firm, Jarrard & Davis, 16 times with sewer questions. She also called 17 times.

Councilwoman Tina D’Aversa was next with eight e-mails on sewer and six telephone calls.

Jarrard said his Cumming law firm, which provides legal advice to Forsyth, Cherokee, Barrow and Franklin counties, doesn’t normally get any more calls or e-mails from Milton than from the other governments it advises.

But Jarrard acknowledged a spike in e-mails as the sewer issue heated up over the summer. He said it seems to be settling down now.

Mark Scott, former Milton city attorney, said the discord on the City Council played a role in the outsized legal bills.

“People had different visions of the city and what it was all about,” said Scott. “There was conflict on the council, and people wanted legal advice to support their arguments. It drags you into the middle, but that’s part of the job.”

CITY COMPARISONS

MILTON

> Population: 20,000

> 2007-2008 total budget: $17.78 million

> 2007-2008 legal budget: $180,000

> 2007-2008 legal expenses: $281,000

ACWORTH

> Population: 20,700

> 2008 total budget: $11.37 million

> 2008 legal services budget: $107,500

> 2008 legal expenditures to date: $62,900

DULUTH

> Population: 27,000

> 2007-2008 total budget: $45.39 million

> 2007-2008 legal services budget: $85,000

> 2007-2008 legal expenses: $80,950

JOHNS CREEK

> Population: 65,000

> 2007-2008 total budget: $44.15 million

> 2007-2008 legal services budget: $729,000

> 2007-2008 legal expenses: $569,000

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ordinance aims to regulate adult businesses









November 1, 2008
By Stuart Peck - bio | email
Posted by Melissa Greathouse - email


OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - Local leaders in Daviess County Kentucky are working on an ordinance that would put strict regulations on those adult oriented businesses.

Daviess County is crafting this ordinance to be proactive about adult businesses. "We want to do it before we have a problem, rather than try to deal with it after the problem," said County Commissioner Jim Lambert.

County Judge Executive Reid Haire says he doesn't know of any adult businesses that are planning to locate in the county right now.

"There's not a problem with sexually-oriented businesses wanting to set up shop in the county," Haire said. "While most strip clubs, adult book stores and toy stores are legal, the county doesn't want to dance around the issue. They're not really welcome."

In November, the county fiscal court hopes to put an ordinance into place regulating adult businesses.

County Judge Executive Reid Haire says right now, "You will get a lot of people, elected officials, who will say we don't want those types of businesses here, we don't need those kinds of businesses here. That's almost a personal decision that an individual makes."

County leaders say with adult businesses there are usually negative consequences. "They find a decline in value of properties, they find increased prostitution, they find increased drugs, they find increased numbers of thefts," Lambert said.

Included in the ordinance will be guidelines specifying where an adult business can locate. It will also include a requirement for employees to have a license to work for one of these businesses.

"We want to make sure that those other issues that often surround those other businesses such as drug abuse, prostitution aren't in an environment in which they can flourish," said Haire.

Haire says a first reading of the ordinance will likely go before the County Fiscal Court in mid-November. An ordinance could be adopted by the beginning of December.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Porn 101: College Campuses Using Porn in the Classroom

October 31st, 2008
By: Luke Gilkerson


Porn is popular on the college campus
. . . and I’m not simply talking about the dorm rooms or the fraternity houses. I’m talking about the classroom.

It is not surprising that college courses would feature pornography as a topic. Considering how influential and widespread pornography has become in the world, to ignore it in academic settings would be like ignoring a major voice in the world of economics, law, media and popular culture.

But what happens when porn is not merely discussed but viewed in the classroom?

Some Examples

Not all courses that deal with the subject of pornography actually require students to view pornographic material. Reviewing a course catalog for a university will probably not tell you whether viewing porn is “par for the course.” Examples of these courses abound:

  • UCLA has a course called “Pornography and Evolution,” which discusses why pornography exists and how its existence supports evolutionary theory in the social sciences.
  • Vanderbilt offers several courses, one entitled “Human Sexuality.” This course looks at the history of sexuality, gender roles, sex in human relationships, pornography, rape, AIDS, and homosexuality.
  • UC Berkley offers “Moving Image Pornographies, Off and On/Scene.” This course discusses the nature of pornography, and concentrates particularly on the changing of cultural norms and attitudes about pornography.
  • Bates College offers the course, “Doing It, Getting It, Seeing It, Reading It,” which focuses on, among other sexual topics, “distinctions between pornography and erotica.”
  • New York University offers several courses. One sociology course, “Sexual Diversity in Society,” explores the social nature of sexual expression, and discusses many topics including heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, transvestism, transgenderism, incest, sadomasochism, rape, prostitution, and pornography.
  • NYU also offers “Free Speech, Media Law, and Democracy,” which examines, among other things, important Supreme Court decisions that have shaped First Amendment rights in regard to hate speech, pornography, mass media, and the rights of journalists.
  • San Francisco State offers “Sex, Power and Politics.” This class examines how the state and social institutions define gender roles, regulate sexual practices, and police sex as a means of social control. They also offer “History of Love and Sexuality,” which covers topics such as courtship, unions, sexual identity, pornography, sex and science, and sex and religion.

“So you Want to Teach Porn”

Some professors and educators feel that in order to really teach about pornography, it needs to be seen and studied in the classroom.

In 1998, Professor Hope Weissman at Wesleyan University offered a course simply called, “Pornography.” The primary focus was on pornography as “radical representations of sexuality,” with the purpose of extending knowledge of sexuality and aggression—two extreme human passions depicted by pornography.

Students were asked to “reveal their understanding of pornography” as a final project. Students submitted projects which included videos, some fiction writing, and photography: essentially making their own works of pornography. “I push people over the line, whatever their line is,” Weissman said, “but only when I think they can go there and come back.”

Constance Penley, Professor and Chair of Film Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara, has shown her own classes pornography “as another genre of film, like Westerns or science fiction,” since 1993. Penley has spoken at several conferences about teaching pornography in the classroom (such as the Conference on Censorship and Silencing, Society for Cinema Studies, and the Symposium on American Media Communities).

Henry Jenkins, professor at MIT, has had his classes analyze photos from Hustler and clips from X-rated movies. Jenkins also contributed to the book, More Dirty Looks: Women, Pornography and Power. His chapter, “So You Want to Teach Porn,” is all about a contextual approach to teaching about pornography and erotica in the classroom.

Porn University

One might argue that putting porn in an academic setting will really help college students to look at it critically rather than just experience it for pleasure. Unlikely. Rather, these types of courses only put a university’s rubber stamp of approval on an already common use of porn among students.

A study conducted in 2007 by researchers at Brigham Young University found that 21% of male college students view pornography “every day or almost every day” and another 27% view pornography “1 or 2 days a week.”

We are seeing a major cultural shift in attitudes about porn on the college campus. James Weaver III, a professor in the Department of Communications at Virginia Tech, taught a course on pornography for years. Professor Weaver explains:

“Young men in my classroom today don’t even understand why we should be talking about it. They see it as harmless entertainment. Their attitude is, ‘It’s a free country and I’ve been watching porn since middle school on the Internet and there’s nothing wrong with it.’ Most recently, students have become radical supporters of pornography. I didn’t used to see that at all from young men. It’s a huge shift in attitude” (quoted in Pamela Paul’s Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, p.181-82).

Michael Leahy, author of Porn Nation, states,

“Porn is now the norm in our culture, and no one understands that better than today’s college students. From the rapid rise of cyber porn addiction among male and female college students to its role in influencing the high incidence of rapes and prevalence of eating disorders among college co-eds, the growing influence of porn in the midst of an already sexually charged campus culture is taking a very real toll on students’ lives.”

Leahy has traveled to over 200 college campuses and shared his personal porn addiction story to over 100,000 students. In that time he has heard from many students, receiving much praise and criticism.

For example, when Leahy visited McMaster University to discuss his devastating pornography addiction and offer a message of hope to the students, one student started his own pro-porn campaign. He set up his own booth in the student centre with a sign that read, “Porn is Fun” and handed out candy to students passing by. This student said, “The Porn Nation campaign heavily insinuates that pornography is a sign of a sick society. My belief is that a society without pornography is a sick society.”

Nearly 30,000 students took Leahy’s sexual addiction survey. He will be publishing the findings from this survey in his upcoming book, Porn University. He promises to give his readers some eye-opening insights into the sexual attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of today’s college student. Porn University will be released in May of 2009.

Should We Study Porn

Richard Burt, an English professor at the University of Massachusetts, was accused of melding his personal interests in porn with his role as an educator. Burt commented, “It’s not that you should study [porn], but why shouldn’t you? Sometimes the argument is that porn is bad, therefore it shouldn’t be studied. That’s like saying Nazism was bad, so we shouldn’t study it.”

So should we study porn at the university? Of course. The question is not whether we should, but how we should.

The problem with Burt’s argument is that while both the Nazis and pornography should be studied, there are healthy and unhealthy ways to study them. I may be required to read Mein Kampf or listen to testimonies of Holocaust survivors, but I’m not going to build a gas chamber and get

into it so I can experience it firsthand. Similarly, when studying porn I may read biographies of Hugh Hefner and interview sexual addiction counselors, but I’m not going to lock myself in a room to watch porn for a week and see how it affects me.

How Porn Effects Our Sexuality

According to a study of first-year college students published in The Journal Adolescent Health, there are many risks associated with frequent exposure to pornography. Students who watch porn often can develop a tolerance toward explicit sexual material, thereby requiring more novel or bizarre material la

ter on to achieve the same level of sexual arousal.

Porn really sets men and women up for sexual and relational failure. Therapist Douglas Weiss says that porn gives them a “very strong chemical hit,” and alters ways of thinking about sex, somewhat like the classic “ring the bell, feed the dog” stimulus-response mechanism. Addicts thus learn to become sexually attached to objects and have trouble getting the same kind of satisfaction from sex in a relationship.

Researchers have seen noticeable attitude changes associated with frequent porn use: developing cynical attitudes about love; a diminished trust between intimate partners; belief that marriage is sexually confining; belief that raising children and having a family is as an unattractive prospect; and exaggerated expectations of sexuality.

When pixels and well-placed camera angles and sculpted bodies become a guy’s standard of a good sexual experience, it is no wonder when real relationships can’t measure up.

Feminist author and speaker Naomi Wolf travels to college campuses all over the country. Her observations are noteworthy:

Here is what young women tell me on college campuses when the subject comes up: They can’t compete, and they know it. For how can a real woman—with pores and her own breasts and even sexual needs of her own . . . possibly compete with a cybervision of perfection, downloadable and extinguishable at will, who comes, so to speak, utterly submissive and tailored to the consumer’s least specification?
For most of human history, erotic images have been reflections of, or celebrations of, or substitutes for, real naked women. For the first time in human history, the images’ power and allure have supplanted that of real naked women. Today, real naked women are just bad porn. . . .
The young women who talk to me on campuses about the effect of pornography on their intimate lives speak of feeling that they can never measure up, that they can never ask for what they want; and that if they do not offer what porn offers, they cannot expect to hold a guy. The young men talk about what it is like to grow up learning about sex from porn, and how it is not helpful to them in trying to figure out how to be with a real woman. Mostly, when I ask about loneliness, a deep, sad silence descends on audiences of young men and young women alike. They know they are lonely together, even when conjoined, and that this imagery is a big part of that loneliness.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Indonesian parliament adopts anti-pornography bill

10/30/2008
INDONESIA
by Mathias Hariyadi



MPs present voted unanimously for the bill. Opposition parties did not however participate in the vote. Dissent explodes in online forums. A Jakarta court sentences an Islamic fundamentalist leader to jail for fomenting clashes last June.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – With opposition MPs absent, Indonesia’s parliament approved an anti-porn bill that was welcomed by supporters who loudly rejoiced with prayers to Allah. In online newspaper forums many ordinary citizens reacted angrily however, slamming what they consider a step backward for Indonesia and an “obscurantist” decision.

Today the lower house in Indonesia’s parliament approved the controversial anti-pornography bill, known in Bahasa Indonesia as Undang-undang Pornografi, Uu App. Since it was tabled it has been at the centre of intense discussions because it is seen as a step towards introducing Sharia law into the country’s legal system along the lines of Saudi Arabia.
In recent weeks human rights activists and representatives of political and religious minorities, including the Catholic Church, have strenuously objected to the law.

According to its critics, the law eliminates “cultural” differences and undermines “national unity”. As it stands it is all but an attempt by Muslim fundamentalists to introduce Islamic law into the country’s legal system.
The anti-porn law was approved almost unanimously but MPs for the Indonesian Democracy Struggle Party (PDIP) and the Christian-based Prosperous Peace Party (PDS) were not in the house in protest against the bill.
A supporter of the new law named Lasmiantini, a member of a group called Salima or Muslim Sisters, felt great about it.

“Inshallah, God willing, Indonesia shall finally see the rebirth of morality,” she said.
“We are happy,” she added, “because we won the battle to defend our children and it [the law] will also protect women.”
“Educational TV programmes” will be promoted “to improve moral values as the basis of society.

Pro-law activists said that the legislation can be improved to “avoid excesses”, denying at the same time that negative views were expressed “against the bill in some provinces.”
Meuthia Hatta, daughter of Mohammad Hatta, one of Indonesia’s founding fathers, noted that the law “does not violate the principles of freedom of expression” but instead protects people from the harm done by pornography.

“Our focus was on this aspect rather than on political squabbles with nationalist groups and NGOs,” said the minister of for Woman Empowerment.
In the meantime a court in Jakarta issued an important ruling in the fight against Islamic fundamentalism.

Judge Panusunan Harahap sentenced Habib Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), to 18 months in jail for “fomenting clashes in Jakarta last 1 June between radical Muslims and moderates, who were demonstrating in favour of religious freedom in the country.”

At that time Muslim fundamentalists attacked moderate Muslims from the National Alliance for Religious Freedom (AKKBB), who were peacefully demonstrating in support of the Ahmadis, a small Muslim community (about half a million) who are considered heretical in several Muslim countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Porno-politics: a logical conclusion of historical processes

By Ben Wright
October 30, 2008

Politics has become porn. Negative campaigning is its biggest star.

“Not your finest hour,”
“Is this really the feature story?”

These were two of the comments that greeted Newspaper Tree’s treatment of the release of a pornographic movie starring a Sarah Palin look-alike.

These comments raise a valid question: What is credible news? Is this it? Surely, is it not too frivolous and distasteful a topic? Are we not giving it unjustified credence and dignity by reporting it? Doesn’t this sort of thing belong on a silly blog instead?

But one could argue that it absolutely is news. First, and most practically, the piece remained the top story for the day, and Newspaper Tree is not the sort of website that idle surfers stumble across. Our readers found this interesting.

I believe that because the event occurred, combined with the interest it generated, much can be said about society and politics in America. But its unimportance lies in the fact that it is a historical marker, not a turning point. It is a glaring example of where things are, not where they are going.

Recently, French President Nicolas Sarkozy lost a legal battle with a Parisian company that manufactured Voodoo dolls of him in effigy. (They came complete with pins.) Though Sarkozy lost the case, and the look-alike dolls continue to be produced, the issue caused a minor uproar. This side of the Atlantic, the McCain-Palin campaign have made no complaint, have taken no legal action against the porn film’s producer, Hustler....read more

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ministry preaching against porn moving to Vegas

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS—A pastor who travels the world preaching against pornography is moving his ministry to Sin City with the backing of a growing suburban church.

Craig Gross, a 33-year-old minister who has run the online ministry XXChurch.com from Michigan for seven years, says he decided to move the ministry because of the adult entertainment industry in Las Vegas.

Gross says adult temptations in Las Vegas are "more powerful and strong than any place I've ever been."

Gross says pornography is emotionally harmful and threatens relationships.

Gross has the backing of the Henderson, Nev.-based South Hills Church Community, with about 1,200 active members. The community plans to build a $15 million church, where Gross plans to refer people he meets through his ministry.

———

Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Attorneys for X-Mart move to open in Augusta

By NBCAugusta Reporters

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Attorneys for an adult entertainment store say they're one step closer to re-opening in Augusta.

An attorney for X-Mart tells NBC Augusta 26 News the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling, saying the city cannot use zoning regulations to keep the store from opening.

Attorneys say they'll now move forward with a plan to attain an adult entertainment license and re-open.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Bid to stop strip bar in Glen Eira

Keith Moor
October 24, 2008 12:00am

A COUNCIL has appealed to the State Government to change the planning laws so a banned brothel owner can be stopped from opening a strip club.

Liquor Licensing Director Sue Maclellan has also indicated she is likely to take steps to try to foil Graham Francis Harvey's sex club bid.

Mr Harvey was barred from operating brothels in Victoria after being convicted of child prostitution offences in 1996.

He is now trying to re-enter the sex industry by turning the former Caesar's Retreat brothel on Nepean Highway, Elsternwick, into a licensed adult entertainment venue offering sexually explicit entertainment....read more

Copyright Lawsuit Against PornoTube Withdrawn

Written by Janko Roettgers
October 24, 2008

The owners of the X-rated YouTube clone PornoTube.com won’t have to bare it all in court, after all: Porn powerhouse Vivid dropped its copyright infringement lawsuit against PornoTube owner Data Conversions Inc., also known as the Adult Entertainment Broadcasting Network (AEBN), earlier this week.

Vivid sued AEBN back in December of 2007, alleging that PornoTube distributed at least 50 scenes from Vivid’s porn movies without any license to do so. One of the movies mentioned in the original complaint was the sex tape of network TV starlet and B-list personality Kim Kardashian. These movies have all disappeared from the site since then. In fact, users have reported that PornoTube has been removing countless clips in recent days, hinting at an out-of-court agreement. Vivid told us that it has “no comment at this time” on any arrangement between the two companies.

Vivid alleged in its original lawsuit filing (PDF copy) that PornoTube willfully enabled and facilitated the infringement of its works. “(E)ven a cursory review of the PornoTube.com website” would make it clear that users aren’t just uploading their naughty home videos, but commercially produced porn flicks that oftentimes still displayed Vivid’s logos and movie titles, the complaint claimed. The porn maker asked the court for a permanent injunction against AEBN as well as $4.5 million in damages.

The lawsuit against AEBN was widely seen as the porn industry’s first big step against online video piracy, and many people in the industry compared it to Viacom suing YouTube. However, the situation was a little more complex because AEBN is also running a network of pay-per-view video websites that contribute to Vivid’s online revenue. Other porn video sites are less connected to the industry, and also much less susceptible to U.S. court rulings. The popular porn hoster Megarotic, for example, is incorporated in Hong Kong.

Vivid pioneered a new legal strategy with is lawsuit against AEBN because it invoked a law requiring porn producers and distributors to keep detailed documentation abut the age and identity of their performers on record. Vivid alleged that AEBN unfairly competed in the adult entertainment marketplace because it didn’t abide by these requirements. Many porn studios had hoped that this would turn out to be a new weapon in the fight against infringers, but with the lawsuit withdrawn, those hopes are now put on hold.

The adult biz has struggled to come up with a consistent strategy against online video piracy. Some studios have contemplated to sue individual file sharers, but most companies have so far resisted the idea of mass-scale lawsuits and instead concentrated on sending take-down notices to PornoTube-like sites.

Some have however argued that it would be better to monetize infringement than to fight it, and the adult biz has previously shown that it doesn’t shy away from doing business with pirates. One example is the acquisition of the online personals site Adult FriendFinder, which has the reputation of being one of the biggest advertiser on adult torrent sites, by Penthouse in late 2007.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

2 adult districts pushed Officials say move would curb spread By Michele Morgan Bolton Globe Correspondent / October 23, 2008

By Michele Morgan Bolton Globe Correspondent
October 23, 2008

Dedham officials have pressed their case for creating two adult entertainment districts by telling residents that the proposal means the town won't have to repeat what it just did.

At a Planning Board hearing Monday, Town Counsel George Pucci revealed that Dedham this fall settled a four-year-old court case with Amazing.net, the town's sole adult video and book store. The settlement will allow the company, currently located on Route 1, to move to an Eastern Avenue storefront that is near a park.

The company was able to prevail because adult entertainment has free speech protections. Dedham officials say the town's current adult use zone is vulnerable to constitutional challenges, and creating the two districts would at least give the town control over where such businesses are located in the future.

Once Dedham town planners and members of Finance Committee issue recommendations on the new zones, the warrant article goes to a Nov. 17 Town Meeting, where it will need a two-thirds vote to succeed.

Adult use districts aren't easy to talk about, conceded James MacDonald, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, and ongoing litigation forced the town to keep quiet about the Amazing.net case.

"Quite frankly, we were afraid," said MacDonald. "We were afraid our current area could be constitutionally challenged, opening up the town to potential lawsuits and excessive legal fees."


read more

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cornetta Closes Love Shack


Cornetta Closes Love Shack




Love Shack owner John Cornetta has closed the store, saying he will seek $1.7 million in damages from the city of Johns Creek.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Love Shack Closes in Johns Creek, Georgia


Love Shack, a large porn shop that tried to evade the new city's adult zoning regulations, has decided to close. Owner John Cornetta claims he's losing about $40,000 a month. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today:

Johns Creek Adult Novelty Store Closes



-

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

John Cornetta Closes Controversial Love Shack Store

Love Shack Shuts down in Johns Creek

Owner says he was losing $40,000 a month because city wouldn’t let him put up a sign


DOUG NURSE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 01, 2008


Adult video store owner John Cornetta has closed the Love Shack in Johns Creek, but he has vowed to seek $1.7 million in damages from the city.

“I couldn’t take the losses any more,” Cornetta said. “I’m still opening new stores in other states, and I still have pending court cases that I’m going to win.”

He said he was losing about $40,000 a month.

The store, located at States Bridge and Jones Bridge roads in the heart of the city, has been the object of scorn and dismay by many residents, and city efforts to regulate the store have generated piles of litigation.

Cornetta blamed the city’s unwillingness to give him a sign for running him out of business. The city has said it won’t give a sign permit or a business license for an adult business in an area not zoned for that.

The Love Shack opened just a couple of days before the city was born Dec. 1, 2006, which Cornetta argued meant he existed before the city and it couldn’t regulate him. After losing in Fulton Superior Court, Cornetta cleaned out all but a few of his adult items to become a non-adult store.
Cornetta said the city gave signs to other businesses that didn’t have business licenses.

“If the judge finds that they illegally caused a business to fail, they’re facing huge fines,” he said.

Cornetta and the city have cases pending in federal and state appeals courts.

Love Shack closes in Johns Creek

by Jennifer Chapman
October 01, 2008


JOHNS CREEK - "Closed for inventory." That's what the sign read on the front door of the Love Shack Oct. 1.

But according to John Cornetta, owner of the Love Shack, the adult video store on State Bridge Road is closed for good.
"We weren't ordered to close," said Cornetta. "The one thing we counted on didn't come and that was a sign."
Since its opening almost two years ago, the Love Shack and the city of Johns Creek have met in court over a variety of issues.

The 10,000 square-foot store was denied a sign permit and business license by the city because the adult video store is in a location not zoned for such a business.

"Not having a sign, being in the location that we were in - we were losing $30,000 to $60,000 a month," said Cornetta. "Had we had a sign permit and had a sign put up we would not be closed today - we would be open."

While Cornetta said the store at 10950 State Bridge Road would not reopen, he did say he would be looking into potential Love Shack locations in Johns Creek.

advertisement
Cornetta also said he will seek damages from the city - totaling around $1.5 million.

He said the other nine Love Shack locations around the Atlanta area are doing "extremely well." He added that he's opening stores out-of-state as well.

"Honestly, I'm saddened that I had to close the store...I'm saddened for the people who lost their jobs and for the people who were getting their products there," said Cornetta. "It will not go down in vain and I have lots of resources to fight this and I will continue to fight it." Stay tuned.


SEE ARTICLE

Love Shack closes in Johns Creek, but suits continue

Owner says he was losing $40,000 a month because city wouldn’t let him put up a sign


DOUG NURSE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 01, 2008


Adult video store owner John Cornetta has closed the Love Shack in Johns Creek, but he has vowed to seek $1.7 million in damages from the city.

“I couldn’t take the losses any more,” Cornetta said. “I’m still opening new stores in other states, and I still have pending court cases that I’m going to win.”

He said he was losing about $40,000 a month.

The store, located at States Bridge and Jones Bridge roads in the heart of the city, has been the object of scorn and dismay by many residents, and city efforts to regulate the store have generated piles of litigation.

Love Shack Shuttered








WSB News
Jeff Dantre
October 1, 2008 3:41 PM

(WSB Radio) -- The owner of the Love Shack says he's calling it quits in Johns Creek. John Cornetta says he was losing $40,000 a month because the city refused to allow him to put up a sign. Cornetta is vowing to seek $1.7 million in damages from the city.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Woman applies for adult video business; neighboring businessman opposes application at City Council meeting

Iva Butler
The Daily Times Staff

A woman has applied to locate a sexually-oriented business at 2642 U.S. 411 South in the city of Maryville, a move an adjacent business owner opposes.This would be the first such business within the city limits.Deborah Yantis wants to locate her business, Sunshine Video, closer to town, said Maryville Development Services Director John Jagger. Sunshine Video was previously located at the intersection of U.S. 411 South, Clover Hill Mill Road and Calderwood Highway in Blount County. David Church, operator of Tae Kwan Do America, 2640 U.S. 411 South, voiced his objections to the business locating near his at a Maryville City Council meeting Tuesday night.Church said his business is located in a building that also houses an insurance agency. Yantis wants to open the sexually-oriented business in a separate building behind his which also houses a pet grooming business.Church said 85 percent of his students are age 4 to 16. "My families are pretty concerned and upset with this. You don't want to bring your children to that location," he said. Church said he has told 10 families who have children enrolled at his school of the issue. He plans to hold a meeting at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the school to inform the rest of the families.Church said opening the business at that location is against the city code, which requires it be 1,000 feet from a family-oriented business.However, city attorney Melanie Davis said, "Our quandary is that this type of business is protected by the federal constitution and free expression. We cannot tell them they cannot locate in the city of Maryville."Ordinance has problemsThe city's sexually-oriented business ordinance was adopted in 1999 and is problematic in that there are too few potential locations, she said.The current law permits the use only in the Business/Transportation Zone, which runs along Lamar Alexander Parkway and U.S. 411 South.Such businesses have to be at least 1,000 feet from churches, schools and residences, she said. She said additional protections, such as banning what can go in windows and on the sign, may be added. She expects several follow-up ordinances to be considered."The city is going to have to open more areas," Davis said. She expects the 1,000-foot rule to be cut to 500 feet. The issue will have to come before Maryville Planning Commission and then Maryville City Council for any changes to be made.In further action, council:� Approved on second and final reading annexation of Camellia Trace Drive, which is located off West Lamar Alexander Parkway. The property was rezoned from County Suburbanizing to City High Density Residential and will include a Parkway District Overlay Zone.

Friday, September 12, 2008

WAR ON PORN WILL HEAT UP… GUARANTEED!!!!What this VP Is All About and How It Will Effect YOU! The Adult Industry


Sarah Palin: A Dominionist: As Ultra Right Wing As They Get!

IF SHE GETS IN, THE WAR ON PORN WILL HEAT UP… GUARANTEED!!!

Sorry to have to get SO political, but, “morally. as a member of the “Adult Industry” and a believer in the First Amendment and all personal rights that ar FOR NOW granted to us in the Constitution I feel VERY STRONGLY that this MUST be brought into the forefront.

Religion, especially in this country, gets a free ride, a “Get Out Of Jail Free Card” when it comes to scrutiny, Many times the “Main Stream” media will stay away from any story regarding the religion of a candidate ESPECIALLY for those running for Vice President or President.

But this is different….. this is not “RELIGION” as most people know it. This is ULTRA RIGHT WING, and very Dangerous. I laughed and oohed and aaahed with everyone about the sex scandals, But to find out that Sahah Palin is even REMOTELY involved with the DOMINIONISTS … quite frankly...read more