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Opponents of a future strip club hold a meeting

DESTIN -- An Atlanta business firm has been working on creating a strip club in Destin for years.
But many Destin residents are staunchly opposed to the idea.

The Cabaret would be built in an area zoned industrial, but it's just across the street from a residential neighborhood.
The developer and the city have reached an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit stemming from the dispute, but the specifics of that deal have not been announced.

But it does appear there is little the city, or anyone else can do at this point, to stop the club from opening.

As Channel Three Rob Brown reports, dozens of opponents met tonight to discuss their options.

Around one hundred Destin residents came together Monday evening to discuss the political possibilities for preventing a proposed strip club on this location on Airport Drive.

The city and the Trident Business Group, of Atlanta, delayed a February 6th court hearing in favor of a proposed settlement.

Patti Turjek "And then it kind of diminished as it was going back and forth between the lawyers and stuff, and we weren't hearing as much about it."

Terms of that agreement have been kept quiet, though many expect it to have exceptions from city ordinances.

Patti Turjek "One is they cannot serve alcohol, two, there's different regulations on what the girls can or cannot wear.."

Patti Turjak helped organize the meeting.
She says there's nothing stopping the strip club.
She only wants them to have to abide by current city rules.

Patti Turjek "If they get the settlement in their favor, then they can also serve alcohol, etc.. that is what we are trying to stop."

Next Monday, the City Council will have a closed door meeting to discuss the proposed settlement.
They'll then take public comments before deciding to approve the settlement, or delay the vote until later.
Some who attended say the decision should be common sense.

Joe Parks "There's kids and everything else involved, running around, there's churches within the area and so forth. Who in the heck thinks it's a wise idea to serve alcohol?"

Donna Stiles "I love Destin. Destin is a city for families. It's not a city for pornography or strip clubs or adult book stores."

Now some who attended Monday's meeting said even though this issue isn't on the docket for Tuesday's city council meeting, they're prepared to show up and protest anyway. In Destin, Rob Brown, Channel Three News.