Sorrento adult business ordinances adopted

Wade McIntyre

SORRENTO – The Town Council last week unanimously approved zoning and licensing ordinances defining and restricting sexually oriented business activity in the town.

Sorrento previously did not have such restrictions.

Councilmen incorporated two changes in the ordinances that were suggested by parish residents Kathryn Goppelt and Theresa Robert.

Goppelt suggested that the part of the zoning ordinance which restricts sexually oriented businesses from operating with 3,000 feet of schools, churches and homes be changed to 1,000 feet.

Goppelt said the 3,000-foot rule was too restrictive and would be struck down in court, based on test cases.

She said the 3,000-foot distance would be basically zoning the business out of town, and would be thrown out in a court of law.

Under the licensing ordinance, Goppelt and Robert suggested that, based on court cases, the council could increase the distance restricting how close dancers could approach patrons from three to six feet.

Councilmen adopted the changes suggested by the two women.