It sounds like Ye Olde City Council is going to cave in to the pompous prudes of purity in their quest to extinguish all erotica in the City of Manassas. The pitch forks have been sharpened and the torches lit.
According to the News & Messenger:
After a closed session Monday night, the Manassas City Council unanimously passed a resolution aimed at regulating sexually-oriented businesses in the city.
City officials say the resolution will allow officials to keep future sexually-oriented businesses — dubbed SOBs in the paperwork — away from schools, churches, day care centers, playgrounds, youth activity centers and libraries.
The resolution also allows the council to hire outside lawyers to provide a “second opinion” on the validity of existing permits for such businesses. The action will costed [sic] an estimated $71,000.
The action comes in the wake of an uproar over a mother-and-daughter plan to open KK’s Temptations, an adult boutique, in Old Town next month.
It sounds like the Salem Witch Trials have begun. It might be cheaper for Ye Olde City Council to built a dunking pond over on ye Olde Museum Property. If it floats, it might be erotica.
One has to ask if the $71,000 will include protecting the children at the library, Kindercare and Parkside, all of which are over within 2 blocks of an adult shop on Mathis Avenue. Parkside is a county school so maybe the intensity won’t be the same. The proximity to the Candy Factory was the first excuse I was given by an elected official to oppose KK Temptations. I went over to the site. I could move an army in and out of the Candy Factory without walking in front of KK’s.
Give me a break. How much money do you all have over there? You have invested a couple hundered thousand for the sesquicentennial and now this money earmarked for a second opinion?
Many of us are tired of hearing the KID card being dropped. There are lots of things adults get to do that kids can’t do. Its up to their parents to tell them that, if they are overly indulged and don’t know it already.
The good people of the City of Manassas need to realize that for every person who comes to them whining about what bad things might be behind the door of KK’s, there are 10 more of us who don’t care. We don’t have to go to KK’s if we aren’t in the mood or interested. We do care about hypocrisy though. Take the $70k and spend it on an additional police officer to clean the pan handlers out of the center of the City. Run the jokers out of Manassas Shopping Center who are just hanging out and revving engines. Have this officer do an hourly drive-by the 7-11 that serves as the gateway to Old Town. Bad stuff goes on there.
I love Manassas City. I lived there when I first came to Prince William County. I don’t however, like this hypocritical, false sense of moral outrage over an adult boutique. This outrage seems to be coming from people who ordinarily would want the free markets to prevail. Well, let them prevail. Let the merchants of Old Town set the standards for store windows and shop ‘behavior.’ If something goes on ‘improper’ then handle it. Until then, live and let live. The people of the greater Manassas area are perfectly capable of making their own morally appropriate choices.
Every time I turn on my TV I hear about too much government interference into the life of individuals. This is a prime example of too much government. The City Council now is interferring with a women’s clinic that has been in the same approximate location for 21 years. Additionally, they want to ultimately keep 2 women from opening a store that caters to adults. It is beginning to sound like a war on women, but I am certain that is a coincidence.
Give it a rest. Not everyone feels the urge to have a mother’s march on merchandise. The City Council is caving and catering to the whims of a few and ignoring the majority.