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Exotic Entertainment revision passes on third public reading


PRINCETON — After a third public reading Tuesday, the Mercer County Commission approved a revised ordinance that doubles the distance between any new exotic entertainment establishments and locations such as schools, churches, family restaurants and other entities.

In the past, the county’s ordinance let businesses providing exotic entertainment to be within 2,000 feet of churches, schools, daycare centers and similar locations. The amended ordinance more than doubles this distance to a full mile, which is 5,280 feet. Existing exotic businesses will not be impacted by the ordinance’s revision.

The revised amendment states that the 5,280-foot distance from an exotic entertainment business will include preschools, daycare centers, community colleges and property used by schools for extracurricular activities such as sporting events or festivals. Playgrounds, nature trails, public wilderness areas, public parks, restaurants catering primarily to children and families, hotels, motels, bed and breakfast lodgings, campgrounds, and businesses.

“The Mercer County Commission is

concerned that businesses offering exotic entertainment may increase crime and decrease property values in areas of operation and county citizens have expressed their concerns about the adverse impact these types of businesses have on their property and their retail trade and quality of life in the county of Mercer,” according to the amended ordinance.

County Commissioner Bill Archer said Tuesday that the commission passed the third and final reading unanimously. Nobody attending Tuesday’s commission meeting spoke out in opposition.

“I think it’s appropriate, and there was no hesitation,” Archer said of the revision’s passage.

In other business, the commissioners authorized publishing the 2017 Delinquent Tax List Update on Collections in an upcoming edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Archer stated. County Administrator Vickie Reed said all the county’s hotels and motels were current on their hotel/motel tax payments.

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