WVa County Oks New Strip Club Restriction

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Martinsburg, W.Va. (AP) -- Berkeley County has reinstated limits on where exotic entertainment venues such as strip clubs can be located.

An ordinance that went into effect Monday prohibits new exotic entertainment venues from locating within 2,000 feet of a house of worship, school, public recreation area, lodging businesses and primarily residential areas.

Such businesses also are barred from locating within 2,000 feet of another adult business.

The ordinance adopted last week by the County Commission replaces one that Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes struck down in 2008 because the county doesn't have zoning.

A state law approved this year helps counties without zoning limit strip club locations.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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