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Closing ordinance opposed by club

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Posted: Nov 18, 2011 4:16 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2011 6:30 PM
Source: Associated Press

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PORT ALLEN - A gentleman's club owner told West Baton Rouge Parish Council members that he would fight an ordinance requiring his business to close at 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Last month, 53 percent of parish voters cast ballots in favor of a proposed law requiring businesses selling alcohol to close at 10 p.m. on Sundays and not reopen until 6 a.m. on Mondays.

The Advocate reports the council voted during its regular meeting Thursday night to accept the results of the Oct. 22 election, but it plans to vote again at a future meeting on an official ordinance enacting the proposal.

John Kirkendall, principal owner of Crazy Horse Cabaret in Port Allen, warned the council that it faced "passing a bad law" that could keep the issue tied up in court for a lengthy period of time.

"If this ordinance passes, you're facing protracted litigation," Kirkendall told the council, later saying he has "all the money to fight you."

The vote affects only unincorporated areas of the parish. The municipalities of Addis, Brusly and Port Allen did not vote on the proposal.

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