Mike Rose, owner of The Gold Club, was later cited for the reported violation and said it took him a while to keep his doors open Wednesday because he argued that he was compliant with the new ordinance.
They came out on a mission, Rose
They coerced the managers to close just by the simple threat of showing up in force and writing these citations... but it was an unlawful closure on these clubs.
Mine stayed open because I argued with them for two hours and then I went through two supervisors to keep my place open because they came out and said we were violating the adult ordinance when we arent adult related.
We dont operate an adult club, which has always been our argument.
was the only known business owner to file a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction immediately following the countys passage of these ordinances in September.
attorneys, The Gold Club
was not able to prevent Horry County from enforcing its two new ordinances pertaining to adult businesses.
A regular court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9 in U.S. District Court in Florence.
is also involved in a lawsuit that claims the county wrongfully denied him a license to open a similar club along Restaurant Row where the former Thee Dollhouse was located, near the north end of the Grand Strand.
said plans for that club, The Gold Club
North, are moving forward and will be similar to the current The Gold Club
said exterior painting and cleaning has already been done and he
is still waiting for some issues with construction.
That club is scheduled to open late February or early March, which is when more golfers and spring breakers begin noticeably flocking to the Grand Strand.
said abiding by the new ordinances has been tough.
Its challenging, Rose
will remain in complete compliance and keep his
entertainers covered up in bikinis, which is allowed by the ordinance.
The ordinance he
referred to states semi-nudity includes the lower portion of the female breasts, but shall not include any portion of the cleavage of the human female breasts exhibited by a bikini, dress, blouse, shirt, leotard, or similar wearing apparel provided the areola is not exposed in whole or in part.
We were not violating any hours, although they claimed we were, Rose