Madonna Strip Club Cites First Amendment In Bid To Reopen

, Daily Business Review


Club Madonna has sued the city several times in the past, mostly to reverse an ordinance banning alcohol sales. In its suit, the business alleges the revocation is at least in part a retaliation for those earlier legal actions.

At a City Commission meeting Wednesday, commissioners suggested they were keeping a close eye on the situation with Club Madonna. Near the beginning the meeting, Commissioner Jonah Wolfson suggested discussing a way to limit the club's operations once it reopened, asking the city attorney about the possibility of setting up "a licensing process so people are screened before they're allowed to enter that profession ... so we can play a role in regulating who's allowed to be a stripper."

"Also, can you look into closing, just closing down that business?" added Commissioner Edward Tobin, as several other commissioners nodded.

The topic was not immediately taken up at the suggestion of City Attorney Jose Smith, who cited the newly filed federal lawsuit. It has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke in Miami.

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