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Orland battles to keep adult businesses outside city limits

By Jerry Olenyn, jolenyn@krcrtv.com
Published On: Mar 06 2014 07:42:41 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 06 2014 07:44:53 PM CST
ORLAND, Calif. -

The city of Orland is taking pro-active measures to keep adult-themed businesses out of city limits.  It started after a businessman inquired about opening such a business. 

Doris Vickers, the president of the Orland Chamber of Commerce, said it likely had something to do with pole-dancing and nudity.

"Businesses next door to them would definitely be affected," said Vickers.  "Our police force is small.  And it does take extra police to handle the crime that goes with those type of businesses. "

The adult-themed business would have been along Sixth Street, also known as Old Highway 99.  It would be within legal zoning areas, as would any location along busy Highway 32.

Pete Carr, the Orland City Manager, said he hasn't heard from the unnamed businessman in three weeks.  Carr said he believes the community outcry may have swayed the businessman to discontinue his effort to start an adult-themed establishment.

But the city worries about the next time someone tries to start a similar business.  The city is working on restrictions that would make it more difficult for adult businesses to get started and keep them a safe distance from churches, schools and homes.
 
"We can't legally prevent adult businesses from establishing themselves, but we can be very careful where they're allowed," said Carr. "We can regulate them very effectively.