Pink Pony Taking Its Case to Georgia’s Supreme Court

January 2, 2014 12:00 pm

by Tim Darnell · 9 comments

Hoping to stay in business, Brookhaven’s Pink Pony is taking its case to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Last Friday, the popular Buford Highway strip club filed an appeal to the December 23 order that dismissed their lawsuit against the city of Brookhaven.

One of the new city council’s first laws was an ordinance prohibiting alcohol service at adult-oriented establishments. The club filed a lawsuit challenging the ordinance back in May.

Two days before Christmas, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson issued a 33-page order 23 granting Brookhaven’s motion to dismiss all 15 counts in Pink Pony’s 36-page complaint.
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Jon Lester January 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

As a good civil libertarian, I should be more concerned with this, but since I haven’t been to any strip club since the year 2000, I kind of don’t care. Besides, I think it’s been long-established that, for better or for worse, local government really does have the power to regulate alcohol sales.

willbail January 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

From my point of view it’s an abuse of power. I just don’t see the justification. I guess the goal is to take shut them down. But for a newly established city that needs all the revenue it can get why shutdown a solid never-ending stream of tax revenue. It just seems that the local government is exercising its own form of morality and ethics. I mean it’s not close to a school it’s not close to a church it’s not close to much its’ out of the way not a public nuisance. Is it a mecca for drug dealers prostitution and gang violence then fine shut it down, but because your sense of decency is different from others well that’s just abusing your powers.

Mike Hassinger January 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Umm, you may want to check your facts. Brookhaven is not “shutting down” anything.

Chris Huttman January 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

That’s rich. So are new regulations “takeovers of X% of the economy” only when Democrats propose them?

Scott65 January 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Cutting off the alcohol is just as much as shutting them down and you know that is a fact. What bothers me is that Brookhaven used the PP revenue in their study of viability that went to the voters in approving the city. So in essence they lied to their constituents to get them to vote for the city. Thats no way to start a local government…with a lie. If they were so concerned about the PP why did they include it in their borders? Answer…they want to close it down, take the property, and redevelop it with some inside goon making a fortune because they have an in with someone in Brookhaven. To be sure, however, PP will have the last laugh somehow…they always seem to be able to do that…as well as to keep Brookhaven spending money on legal fees they can ill afford.

brookvoter January 4, 2014 at 10:44 am

Scott65-
How did Brookhaven use a study to convince voters to incorporate if the voters hadn’t yet decided to incorporate Brookhaven?
Allowing for your obviously flawed premise, how much money did the study say Pink Pony contributed to estimated 23 +\- million dollar revenue? Roughly 26 +\- million in revenue is actually being collected this year from a city tax rate that is set nearly 20% lower than the rate used in the study. Did Brookhaven again lie to the voters because they cut the tax rate used in the study?

robolaw January 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm

brookvoter – According to the Brookhaven feasibility study the PP reflects nearly 3% of annual revenues. This is not an insignificant number.

This feasibility study was used time and time again during the campaign.

More importantly, the underlying premise of our need for a new city was that our representatives were not responsive to the community’s demands. This lawsuit reflects a new low in ignoring the wishes of the citizens.

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