Brookhaven City Council is scheduled to consider striking a deal tonight with the Pink Pony strip club.
While consideration of an agreement between the city and the club is on the council’s Tuesday agenda, no details accompany the item.
However, the Dunwoody Crier newspaper reports on its website that the proposal, if approved, will allow the strip club to stay open for seven years while the club will pay $250,000 a year to Brookhaven and donate land along Peachtree Creek for a city park.
On Nov. 3 the Georgia Supreme Court denied a request for reconsideration that representatives for the Pink Pony submitted following the court’s Oct. 6 ruling that the city of Brookhaven can regulate the strip club.
The Georgia Supreme Court on Oct. 6 had ruled that the city can regulate sexually oriented businesses. Then, on Oct. 8, the city filed a request for a court order that would require the Pink Pony to obey a city ordinance that says sexually-oriented businesses cannot serve alcohol. On Oct. 28, the council voted in favor of a non-disclosure agreement that would allow the city to negotiate a settlement deal with the club, despite the objections of Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams.
Following the Oct. 28 vote, Mayor J. Max Davis issued the following the statement:
“Changing our hard fought and constitutional ordinance is a nonstarter. The purpose of our continued conversations is to craft a solution that maintains the complete integrity of our ordinance, stops new clubs from opening and ensures the Pink Pony comes into compliance or ceases operations. While they are transitioning, to either come into full compliance with the ordinance or to exit, I expect at a minimum for the Pink Pony to incur the costs of safety: specifically increased police for close monitoring, crime prevention and law enforcement.”