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St. Petersburg City Council committee discusses the difference between nude clubs and bikini bars

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Creative Loafing follows up on a story I first wrote about a couple weeks ago:

The St Petersburg City Council Public Services and Infrastructure Committee (PSI) met Thursday morning in part to address a concern about the bikini bars that have recently appeared in St. Petersburg.

Council member Jeff Danner referred the discussion, which sought to define the difference between a nude club and a bikini club in order to best regulate the new bikini clubs in the area.

After four different bikini clubs have cropped up in St. Petersburg over the past four months, “the concern is the concentration [of clubs],” Danner said. “A concentration will have a negative effect.”

The council members discussed the difference between bikini bars and nude clubs to figure out how to regulate the bikini bars in this city. Dancing is protected by the first amendment. When bikini club dancers are wearing as much as St. Pete Beach sunbathers, it is quite hard for the city to regulate these clubs.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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