Commission debates number of strip clubs in New Orleans

Commission debates number of strip clubs in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The number of strip clubs in New Orleans could drop drastically. That's the recommendation from the city's planning commission.

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"You don't need the strip clubs. This place is famous for music and I think that's what you should basically focus on down here," said tourist Ian George.

Tourists we talked to say there's too many.

"I do and I think if the intent is to make New Orleans more international, more family oriented, more tourist based and less about nudies and alcohol, then I think it's probably a good idea," said tourist Dana Brown.

They're not the only ones who think that. Right now, there are 23 strip clubs in New Orleans with the majority of those on Bourbon Street, but a study from the City Planning Commission recommends dropping that number to 7 and only allowing them in the French Quarter.

"In their ideal number it would be 7 clubs spread over 7 blocks in the French Quarter. I think that's going to take some time, but, right now, let's follow the laws, let's make sure there aren't drugs and prostitution in the strip clubs as they found last October, let's just clean up our act," said Executive Director of Covenant House, Jim Kelly.

Not everyone has a problem with the number of adult entertainment venues in the city though.

"You should allow everybody an open opportunity to make the money from the tourist, you know, as long as you follow by the rules it is what it is," said Michael Hernandez, a New Orleans resident.

The change wouldn't happen overnight, the planning commission says the city should cut down on the number of strips clubs through attrition, not by immediately closing any businesses.

The planning commission's study comes at the request of the city council and after a temporary ban on new clubs.

We reached out to the city, who said they're reviewing the planning commission's recommendations at this time.

There will be a public hearing on the issue Tuesday afternoon. It starts at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall in the City Council Chambers. The issues is expected to be taken up around 2:45 p.m.
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