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City council sets public hearing on Oklahoma City sex shops restrictions


The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to conduct a public hearing on a measure to rescind restrictions on locating sex shops near schools, churches, libraries and homes. The public hearing will be Feb. 27 during the regularly scheduled council meeting.


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Lennox Ryerson-Gonzalez, left, and Andrew Ryerson-Gonzalez are proprietors of the Adam & Eve shop at NW 70 Street and May Avenue[The Oklahoman] The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to conduct a public hearing on a measure to rescind restrictions on locating sex shops near schools, churches, libraries and homes. The public hearing will be Feb27 during the regularly scheduled council meeting. After the city issued a "notice of violation" last fall to a newly opened Adam & Eve shop in his ward, Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid proposed repealing a 1997 ordinance that puts constraints on where sex shops can locate. Adam & Eve is a trendy, upscale franchise at the high end of a trade city ordinances and state law refer to as "adult novelty shops." Andrew and Lennox Ryerson-Gonzalez opened their shop Nov17 just off May Avenue at NW 70 Street. Within days, a code enforcement officer notified the businessmen they were violating an ordinance that prohibits their shop within 1,000 feet of homes. City officials said they were responding to a complaint. The businessmen told the city council Dec19 that a shop similar to theirs operates just down May Avenue, near a church, school and homes and in apparent violation of the ordinance. And they said products similar to the ones they carry are commonly sold by a wide variety of retailers, including pharmacies and lingerie stores. Andrew Ryerson-Gonzalez said he thought "times have changed" since 1997, when the city ordinance imposing restrictions and a similar state statute took effect. After the public hearing, a final vote on repeal would be March 13. Repeal would have no effect on the state statute, which could still be enforced through civil proceedings in District Court. A memo from the city attorney's office says civil action could be initiated by owners of schools, libraries, churches and residences within 1,000 feet of an adult novelty shop. The city also could go to court, if directed by the city council, the memo says. Repeal, the memo says, would mean the city would no longer issue criminal citations for prosecution in Municipal Court. Adam & Eve was singled out because of the complaintCity Manager Jim Couch said at the Dec19 council meeting that the city lacks resources for proactive enforcement. Shadid countered that enforcement by complaint could not be the city's "standard of justice and fairnessThat just seems inherently biased." $(document).ready(function() { var isBlog = false; var isBlog = true; try { $.get('//newsok.com/json?method=Search.articles&tags=' + articleSection, function(response) { var data = $.parseJSON(response); //console.dir(data); // now let's make sure current article is not on the list filtered = $.grep(data, function(e) { return e.module_id != '5583257' }); // build the list var totalItems = filtered.length; $.each(filtered, function(index, val){ // console.log(val); var status = index > 2 ? 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