Barre strip club gets new license

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BARRE, Vt. (AP) – The City Council has renewed the license of a strip club after instituting new rules that ban patrons from touching dancers.

The city council had initially refused to renew the license issued annually for nude dancers at Planet Rock after a patron allegedly touched a dancer, violating a provision requiring entertainers to keep at least three feet from customers.

On Tuesday, city officials added a “no touching” clause and agreed to renew the license, a day after it had expired.

Daniel Garr Sr., head of the corporation that owns the club, said the establishment had always complied with its conditions, and promised Tuesday to pursue a lawsuit against the state.

Last July, a Washington County liquor inspector saw a customer put his head between a dancer’s breasts, according to Mayor Thomas Lauzon.

Dan Sedon, Garr’s lawyer, said Garr was being unfairly penalized for an unsubstantiated allegation. Garr said the rule only applies to nude and not scantily clad dancers.

“If the dancer in question was within three feet of a patron and not nude it would not be a violation,” he said.



Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/

AP-ES-01-03-07 1303EST

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