Adult entertainment business regulations take effect today

COLUMBUS – House Bill 170 takes effect today to authorize county boards of supervisors to make regulations relating to adult entertainment businesses.
It doesn’t, however, directly affect The Pony, perhaps the region’s highest-profile strip club. It sits alongside Highway 45A in Lowndes County just north of the intersection with Highway 82.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Gary Chism of Columbus, would allow the Lowndes supervisors to make adjustments in the county’s adult-entertainment ordinances, if they thought they were needed.
However, Supervisors’ President Harry Sanders said recently that the board hasn’t heard any local complaints about the night club or any demands for changes there.
The club has been a source of public discussion since it erected a large, rearing silver stallion statue out front.
Chism said months ago that he’d received complaints from the public about the statue’s anatomical features, but said county boards didn’t feel they had any authority at that point to do anything about activities there.
That’s why he introduced the bill, he said.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

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