“It appears clear to me that the plaintiff is operating an adult business and it is operating illegally,” Thrash said. He said Cornetta had failed to obtain proper permits and to meet zoning requirements from Fulton County.
But then Thrash warned Cornetta that if he stayed open with a “significant” amount of adult material, then Cornetta was in danger of being in contempt of court. Thrash refused to define what he meant by significant when asked by Cornetta’s attorney, Louis Sirkin of Cincinnati.
Thrash agreed to allow the Love Shack at Jones Bridge and State Bridge roads to remain open until 3 p.m. Thursday to give Cornetta time to appeal and seek a temporary stay from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Cornetta was putting in rush orders Wednesday night to dilute his adult inventory by adding lingerie, children’s movies, and sportswear and hats.
“The judge was completely off base and off the law,” Cornetta said. “Can they have a sign that says ‘Don’t drive too fast through town’ — but we’re not telling what that means? The 11th Circuit is going to remand it to him, I guarantee it.”
County Commissioner Lynne Riley said that code enforcement officers and police will be on hand at 3 p.m. to lock the store if Cornetta doesn’t have a stay.
“The ruling said the store is operating illegally,” she said. “Anything short of a stay by the 11th Circuit, we’ll close those doors.”