Adult Uses and Zoning: How Do You Define "Naked"?

A neighborhood association is protesting that Stadium Club, a "steak-and-strippers" place in Washington, DC, is an adult use and against local zoning ordinances. But the Board of Zoning Adjustment decided recently that it isn't "sexually-oriented."

Is Stadium Club a "Sexually Oriented Business Enterprise" (SOBE) or not? Before deciding, the Zoning Board discussed the particulars, debating whether "...entertainment had to be intentionally arousing to its audience in order to qualify as a SOBE, or if it could merely be incidental."

An extended debate over what is "naked" versus merely skimpy is documented in the article, with one board member arguing that what people wear in fitness centers could almost be classified as "sexually-oriented."

Full Story: Zoning Board Rules on the Stadium Club: No Sex Here!


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