Brookhaven residents will have the opportunity to share their concerns about the Pink Pony lawsuit in a dialogue with city leaders Oct. 16.
Mayor J. Max Davis and Councilman Joe Gebbia will meet with residents at 7 p.m. at the Villa Christina restaurant, located at 4000 Summit Boulevard.
The round table discussion was organized by a group of neighborhood associations which in September commissioned a telephone poll to gauge the community’s response to Brookhaven’s legal entanglement with the Pink Pony.
Among other things, the poll found that of those polled, 75 percent want the city to settle its lawsuit with the strip club.
“These numbers represent a clear directive from the community – not a mixed message,” said Kathy Forbes, one of the organizers of the poll, in an email. “It is important to remember that the main motivation for creating the new city of Brookhaven was to bring decisions back to the citizens that live and work here.”
Earlier this year, Brookhaven City Council adopted a new ordinance to regulate sexually oriented businesses. The Pink Pony, located in the southern end of Brookhaven off of Buford Highway, had operated in DeKalb County under a settlement agreement that allowed the club to continue selling alcohol and nude dancing in exchange for an annual licensing fee. When city leaders declined to continue the settlement agreement, owners of club sued, claiming that the city’s new ordinance would put them out of business.
Anyone who is interested in attending the round table discussion can send the RSVP to Kathy@theforbesgroup.com.