It also added a temporary private tent entrance to ensure the privacy of patrons who want to attend anonymously.
The strip club fight quickly spread to Pinellas. Mayor Dick Greco, left, s an ordinance early Friday morning, Dec.
Pasco County also had its share of controversy. Across the street is Odyssey, a squat purple and white building topped with a retro futuristic UFO where girls give private lap dances. Violators could spend up to 60 days in jail.
One woman showed up in her bathrobe. The Tampa Bay Business Journal reported that most of the clubs saw double the guests during the convention, but club owners they interviewed were still disappointed. They clustered around a purple picnic table covered in makeup brushes, Funyan wrappers and empty cans of Red Bull.
Times Like it or not, Tampa has something of a reputation thanks to its many clubs. Attorney Luke Lirot stands outside the Mons Venus. Dancers and their families gather along the wall waiting their turn to speak to the Tampa City Council.
Police made arrests. Tell them about your kids, he said.
Other governments in Florida had already passed ordinances deed to stop the spread of prostitution and disease. They wore surgical gloves and mask as well as a 6-foot piece of crime scene tape to mock the proposed ordinance.
They counted their bills in neat stacks. Then, quietly, it all stopped. The city council tried to pass an ordinance outlawing nude dancing inbut a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. A dancer collects her tips adul the stage floor at Mons Venus gentleman's club. Times senior researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report.
Those were the days of lawsuits and undercover busts, when police dragged dancers out of clubs in handcuffs. When this city laid down the law. The owner was arrested multiple times, including the night the bar introduced the nudity and the night after that. The dancers said the lap dance ban would spread hardship, not stem the spread of lawlessness and disease.
She high-fives each of her patrons as she dances off the stage. Ironically, Redner, 78, now works with law enforcement, brainstorming ways to stop sex trafficking and calling the cops when customers get too rowdy during bachelor parties.
The line snaked down the stairwell and oozed out onto the sidewalk. So why is Tampa stuck with that label?
Redner sued the city after the ordinance passed, but dropped it soon after. The Mons was filled with reporters, waiting to pounce lcubs horny delegates.
Anyone removed from the hall would be arrested. Twenty-eight were aeult the Mons. Joe Redner stands outside the Mons Venus after Tampa Police dragged dozens of his dancers from his club in handcuffs.
When Greco was replaced as mayor by Pam Iorio, the city shifted its attention to other crimes. But the politicians never showed up. Some of the dancers who were dragged out of Mons Venus in handcuffs floridda years ago now run the show as managers. Our strip clubs are known around the country.
Three days later, the city sued five clubs, including the Mons, for violating the ordinance. The nation watched.
No doors on the bathroom stalls. One dancer, completely nude except for 6-inch, leather boots, devoured a microwave Marie Callender mac and cheese covered in Crystal hot sauce.
To find the answer, flash back 20 years, to a heated battle over morality and money. While sites published lists of the top clubsdancers bought patriotic costumes and club owners installed private entryways and marble tile.
Adhlt poured each other shots and helped one another glue on strips of eyelashes. The biggest strip club in the country is found in Florida — but not Tampa. Seven hundred people packed into a meeting room at the Tampa Convention Center. She strips at the Mons until the early morning, then stays up a few more hours to take her year-old daughter to the bus stop.