The Rapid City's attorney's office has proposed amendments to the adult oriented business ordinance. One of the major changes was to make sure every area of an establishment that patrons were allowed in did not have vision obstructions like doors.
Joel Landeen, city attorney, says this is to deter other acts that are prohibited in the ordinance from being performed. "Nobody can observe what
is going on. When you have restrictions against contact and things in the ordinances it creates a situation where it makes it hard to enforce," said Landeen.
Landeen says these changes were influenced by the Shotgun Willies AOB (adult oriented business) license hearing in February. "Mr. Johnson in the enforcement hearing, pointed out that that wasn't prohibited in his business and we agreed that wasn't specifically prohibited," said Landeen.
Aaron Johnson, owner of Rapid City's lone strip club Shotgun Willies, says he does have a door on the semi-private dance room and it is a way for him to compete with other businesses like his. "My competitors have a lot of private dance area so I thought a semi-private area wouldn't ruffle a lot of feathers but I guess I was wrong," said Johnson.
Johnson says he lost a lot of business through this whole situation with the city, like trouble finding dancers willing to work under the conditions of the ordinance and patrons believing they were closed after the hearing, but if it comes down to it, he will remove the door. "If it comes down to it and I have to come comply, I'll comply," said Johnson.
Johnson says he feels that the City is targeting him and singling him out. Landeen says because he is the only adult cabaret in Rapid City, this ordinance applies directly to Johnson and his business.
Landeen says that since the ordinance was over ten years old it needed to be cleaned up.
The first reading of the amended ordinance will be Monday night at the city council meeting.