LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Police Jury has approved a liquor license for a controversial adult entertainment club near Vinton. Though some jurors previously voted against the license, they apparently had little if any choice tonight.
A state district judge ordered police jurors to approve a liquor license for Vinton Golf and Travel doing business as The Gentlemen Club. So, attorney Allen Smith told jurors, they really had little choice. "This applicant had done everything required by our ordinance for the issuance of a permit. Nothing that anybody says, nothing that we say, nothing that I say can change the fact that the court has an order for this body to do its ministerial duty."
As expected jurors voted unanimously to comply with the judge's order. There was no invitation for public comment but Reverend Rob Tibbits was allowed to speak briefly following the vote. "I understand that your hands are tied and I just want to say to you that we appreciate you hearing our voice and you giving us this opportunity."
There has been talk of creating a special zoning classification for such adult entertainment clubs. "I just look forward to working with you guys in the future and in trying to strengthen some of our zoning laws and some of the things that would help regulate that," said Tibbits.
But it was not on the agenda for this meeting. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is expected to issue a state license in short order. The company applied for that license June 28th and the 35 day window of opportunity for protest ended about August 2nd.
Also tonight jurors extended the interim development ordinance until the end of the year. It spells out various requirements dealing with new subdivisions and such outside the cities. The extension allows time to streamline and consolidate regulations.