Ordinance No. 23 – Nude Dancing Prohibition

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An ordinance amending Bellechester ordinance no. 2 adding sections 14, 15, and 16 to prohibit nude dancing in establishments that are licensed for liquor, wine, and beer sales.

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Bellechester believes it is in the best interests of the citizens of Bellechester to prohibit nude dancing in establishments licensed for liquor, beer, or wine sales:

NOW THEREFORE, IT IS ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF BELLECHESTER, MINNESOTA, AS FOLLOWS:

Bellechester Ordinance No. 2 is hereby amended to add Sections 14, 15, and 16 as follows:

SECTION 14. PURPOSE

The City of Bellechester does hereby ordain that it is in the best interests of the public health, safety, and general welfare of the people of the City of Bellechester that certain types of activities as set forth in this ordinance, are prohibited upon the premises of licensed liquor, wine, and beer establishments so as to best protect and assist owners and operators and employees of these premises, as well as patrons and the public in general. Further, that the City does ordain that the standards in this ordinance reflect the prevailing community standards in the City of Bellechester. This ordinance is intended to prevent harm stemming from the physical immediacy and combination of alcohol, nudity, and sex. We also desire to prevent any subliminal endorsement of sexual harassment or activities likely to lead to the possibility of various criminal conduct such as prostitution, sexual assault, and disorderly conduct.

SECTION 15. CERTAIN ACTS PROHIBITED.

It shall be unlawful for any licensee to permit or allow any person or persons upon the licensed premises when such person does not have his or her buttocks, anus, breast, and genitals covered with a non-transparent material.

SECTION 16. VIOLATION.

A violation of Section 15 is a misdemeanor and is justification for revocation or suspension of any liquor, wine, or beer license.

This ordinance shall take effect upon final passage and publication according to law.

ORDAINED THIS 12TH DAY OF DECEMBER 1996.

ATTEST: BARBARA HEPPELMANN, CLERK QUENTIN J. MAJERUS, MAYOR

PUBLISHED IN THE NEWS-RECORD THE 26TH DAY OF DECEMBER 1976.