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Strip club owners to appeal Angola zoning

The owners of a strip club proposed for Angola are appealing a recent decision by a federal judge to allow the city to enforce its zoning ordinances against the project.

Last spring, owners Alva and Sandra Butler sued the city of Angola, its building commissioner, Dean Twitchell, and Vivian Likes, the city’s zoning administrator and planner. They claimed the changes to the city’s zoning ordinance, as well as the creation of a city ordinance requiring licensing for sexually oriented businesses, were developed and passed for the sole purpose of blocking the proposed development.

They asked a judge to declare the ordinances unconstitutional and to prevent the city from enforcing them against the proposed club planned for the 300 block of West Wendell Jacob Avenue.

But in a ruling on New Year’s Eve, U.S. District Judge Robert Miller ruled largely in favor of the city in a 73-page opinion. Miller upheld the city’s zoning decisions, but left open an issue of suggested alternative sites for the strip club.

On Thursday, attorneys for the strip club announced their intent to appeal Miller’s decision to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

This month, attorneys for Angola asked the judge to reconsider his ruling on whether the city has enough alternative sites for the Butlers to construct their business.

rgreen@jg.net

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