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Strip club files lawsuit against North Bay Village after building permit denied

May 10, 2012 04:30PM

The Isle of Dreams strip club is suing North Bay Village after its application to build on the 79th Street Causeway was denied, the Miami Herald reported.

The city’s conditional-use law restricts businesses deemed to have a negative impact on the community. Under North Bay Village’s zoning codes, the club cannot be with 500 feet of any church, school or daycare center; the proposed site at 1415 Kennedy Causeway is the only undeveloped location in the city that meets these conditions. Isle of Dreams argues that the city’s conditional-use laws are unconstitutionally ambiguous and that the zoning laws censor a legal form of entertainment.

“I don’t think that’s a frivolous argument,” said Charlton Copeland, a professor at the University of Miami School of Law.

Some residents disagree, however. “This lawsuit is absurd,” said Kevin Vericker, who lives in North Bay Village. [Miami Herald]