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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 5 years ago

City to consider agreement with Cheaters

by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Club would discontinue dancing by performers

The City Commission will consider a settlement with Cheaters, the “gentlemen’s club” at 1545 N. U.S. 1, at a regular commission meeting on Aug. 6. The settlement will prevent a case from going to trial and resolve a dispute between the city and the business.

The city filed suit in March of 2012, claiming the business violated city ordinances, after it was annexed into the city. It was in county jurisdiction when it first started business.

Cheaters filed a counterclaim, denying the claims and alleging harassment by the city. The city claimed the business was sexually oriented, and the business said it was a “bikini bar.”

Within 24 hours of the city approving the settlement, Cheaters has agreed to discontinue dance performances by employees or contractors. A dance floor may be provided for patrons, or for entertainment such as music or comedy. Also, the “VIP area” will be closed to the public and can only be used for lawful purposes such as storage.

City Commission Rick Boehm said this will effectively put an end to the type of business being conducted.

“It’s hard to imagine a gentlemen’s club without dancing,” he said.

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