Fairbanks considers strip club regulations

Posted: Monday, September 09, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks City Council is considering an ordinance that would impose new regulations on strip clubs in city limits.

The measure, sponsored by City Councilman Scott Kawasaki, was prompted by an episode in Unalaska earlier this year, according to a report in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

The Unalaska strip club, Mermaids, opened in January across the street from a church in a residential neighborhood. The club shut down three months later.

Kawasaki has introduced an ordinance that would prohibit such clubs from locating within 1,000 feet of a church, school, courthouse or residential neighborhood and also establishes regulations for such clubs in general.

Kawasaki said the ordinance does not currently apply to any clubs in Fairbanks, but that he was thinking of averting future incidents when he penned it.

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