Anchorage planners lose adult entertainment records

Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage's planning department is missing records that deal with adult entertainment businesses and officials are asking massage parlors, escort services and adult books stores to send in proof that they're properly licensed.

The establishments are required to have a $250 ''premises where minors are not allowed'' permit. The permit helps prevent the businesses from opening too close to a church, school, public park or residential area.

The city's zoning code compliance division recently learned that its copies of the records were missing when a representative of the Service High School Parent Teacher Association inquired about the possibility of students working at nonalcoholic strip clubs.

Brian Dean, acting code enforcement manager, said that sparked a larger review of the records on adult entertainment businesses.

''We started looking up all these locations, and we can't find files for them,'' he said.

The city plans to send letters to 188 businesses giving them 30 days to acquire a permit or show they have one.

Dean said he is not sure what happened to the records. The division was reorganized last summer and some of the files might have been lost or purged, he said.

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