Brookhaven Council Member On The Pink Pony Verdict

Peach Pundit has received the following statement from Brookhaven Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams:

“I am pleased that the Georgia Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has ruled that the city of Brookhaven’s ordinance governing sexually oriented businesses is in fact constitutional and that the city is not bound by a previous deal that the Pink Pony had with DeKalb County.

We have taken a lot of criticism and been the target of false statements and misrepresentations, but our defense in response to this lawsuit has never been about morality or trying to put someone out of business.

The issue for me was upholding the Constitution. The Georgia Supreme Court held that the DeKalb County settlement agreement allowing Pink Pony to ignore the regulations applicable to its business, violated the law. The city council refused to accept that settlement and now the Georgia Supreme Court has upheld our position.

Pink Pony brought this lawsuit, but our ordinance was never about a single strip club or other X-rated adult establishment.  Our goal all along has been to pass ordinances that are legal, enforceable and constitutional. That’s what our revised ordinance—which is the same as in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, and even similar to DeKalb County—does.

Contrary to what you may think, the Pink Pony will not be forced to close under our ordinance. Rather, the business can continue to operate with erotic dancing consistent with City ordinances.

Again, I personally do not care if someone wants to go to a strip club. We are simply trying to make sure we are fair to all businesses, that they follow the same rules, and that those rules are in fact constitutional. The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that they are.”

9 comments

  1. View from Brookhaven says:

    It’s really not that hard to admit that you don’t want strip clubs in the city. Stop with the foolishness.

  2. Jon Lester says:

    Well, I had some interest in the case and ultimate judgment, for educational purposes, but as someone who hasn’t set foot in any strip club since the year 2000, I can’t say I’m sorry to lose a chance to waste time and money at the Pink Pony.

  3. griftdrift says:

    The first actions of any new city are remarkably consistent. And usually have nothing to do with all the high minded ideals espoused during its conception. And it’s usually the “less government” crowd that immediately uses the power of the new government to target things they simply do not like.

  4. Will Durant says:

    How can you consider yourself a fiscal conservative and spend thousands of dollars in legal fees in order to reject thousands of dollars in revenue?

  5. WeymanCWannamakerJr says:

    To state that you are not legislating this business out is the equivalent of stating that Ansinger’s tax stamp act didn’t legislate out marijuana.

    To please the Republican sentiments they should keep the alcohol license and install an indoor shooting range.

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