Topless bar owners continue fight against Currituck Co.

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by David Ham

WVEC.com

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 14 at 5:34 PM

POINT HARBOR, NC -- Neighbors in Point Harbor are fighting to keep a topless bar closed.

The owners of Headlights OBX are going before the Currituck Board of Adjustment on Thursday to answer to violations for operating a nightclub without a conditional use permit for adult entertainment. The owners, RF London Inc. have been fined $27,000.

"He's not welcome in this area and he knows that," said Gwenn Cruickshanks.

Cruickshanks lives near the bar on Acorn Lane. She has been opposed to the topless bar since it opened in 1993 as Mermaids.

"What goes with the topless dancing and the bar and the fighting and the noise is disturbing to our neighborhood," said Cruickshanks.

Headlights has been closed for about 6 months. Back in April, the county issued civil violations for operating as an adult entertainment business in the wrong zoning area. The district attorney's office dropped criminal charges against the owners for the violations, but county officials expect new charges to be re-filed.

According to county attorney Ike Mcree, a topless bar cannot be within 1000 feet of homes, churches or schools. It must be in an industrial zone.

13NEWS contacted the attorney for the owners of Headlights OBX, Bryan Plumlee. He could not comment on pending litigation.

On Monday, October 18, the owners will go before the Currituck County Board of Commissioners for a special permit to open as a topless bar.
 

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