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School for strippers might have kept going, if not for noise

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If not for the loud parties, the owner of a $2 million mansion on Florida’s Gulf Coast might have continued operating a training school for strippers next door to an exclusive gated community.

The Tampa Tribune reports the all-night, liquor-fueled celebrations, complete with booming stereos and screaming women, drew complaints from neighbors.

The mansion’s owner and manager were hit with code violations. Sean Grey, a manager at the mansion-for-rent, was also accused by the sheriff’s office of violating the county’s noise ordinance, a misdemeanor. On Monday, a circuit judge dismissed the charge.

On Thursday, representatives from Code Enforcement and the sheriff’s office will meet with County Commissioner Kevin Beckner to discuss whether further action is necessary.

“If they had flown under the radar, they’d still be in business,” said Hillsborough sheriff’s deputy Phil Acaba, who investigated the events at the mansion. “The noise was the issue that brought their downfall.”

The owner of the school billed it as an agency for “top earning exotic dancers and models.”

The mansion is owned by Pink Tati LLC, but the principal owner is Canadian millionaire Gordon Lownds. In an interview Monday, Lownds told the newspaper he has ceased all commercial activity at the 12,000-square-foot house, shutting down its modeling school for exotic dancers.

“We are aware of what we are allowed to do and not do,” Lownds said. “We are conforming with all the zoning requirements.”

Lownds bought the mansion in April 2013 for $2 million. He said he and some partners planned to film a reality show there about the day-to-day lives of strippers.

Lownds remodeled the mansion in lush, Egyptian-themed decor, and advertised it as “Pharaoh’s Palace.” Internet ads said the mansion was available for rent to “event planners, professional photographers, music video producers, and television and film producers. …”

Grey and Nicholas Worlds, a former investor in several adult-themed businesses, ran Pharaoh’s Daughters modeling agency out of the mansion. According to the Pharaoh’s Daughters website, the company provides “coaching and ongoing employment to promising young strippers.”

Code Enforcement has issued five citations against the property, some for holding special events in an agricultural/residential zone and some for operating special events without conditional use approval. A hearing on the violations is scheduled April 24.

Reprinted with permission of The Associated Press. 

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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