HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - Residents in Houma have the chance to weigh in on the future of a Houma strip. A public hearing is set for Wednesday evening to discuss the Wet & Wild Saloon. The lounge , which was operating on Hwy 182 in Houma had its alcohol permit suspended August 28th by the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) following complaints of prostitution and drugs on the premises..
ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert says his office received considerable evidence from Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office (TPSO) that the business allowed the sale of narcotics and permitted prostitution on the premise. Hebert says undercover agents were able to purchase marijuana, crystal meth, and ecstasy at the business on four different occasions. They were also able to setup three different prostitution deals with entertainers employed at the location. The owners, Lance and Rachel Smiley, were arrested by TPSO for promoting prostitution, illegal B drinking, pandering, nudity, and keeping a disorderly place.
The ATC decided to hold the hearing in the evening hours in order to accommodate the public's interest. It's scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on September 9, 2015 on the 6th floor at the Government Tower at 8026 Main St. in Houma.