Adult Entertainment Ordinance Appears To Aggravate Some Convention Visitors

by Gabe Bullard on February 17, 2011

Louisville’s adult entertainment ordinance bans nudity at strip clubs and imposes other restrictions. But according to a Fox41 report, it may also keep conventions out of town.

The story presents the case of one visitor to the annual Farm Machinery Show who says he would rather stay home than attend a convention in a city without nude dancers. But he’s the only person quoted in the story who says he would not return to Louisville if the ordinance stands. No one else in the story has a firsthand account, though two interviewees offer anecdotes.

The argument over whether adult entertainment draws visitors is usually fairly quiet, given the cultural taboos surrounding the key issue. But the topic ties to economic development, and in many instances, it mirrors the debate over expanded gambling. While one side cites morals or argues that casinos and strip clubs bring a negative vibe to parts of the city, the other cites money, arguing that there’s a reason thousands of conventions are held in Las Vegas, and it isn’t the climate.

What are your thoughts?

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Chuck Burke February 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm

This ordinance is as silly as sending the casino boat revenues/taxes over to Southern Indiana.

We should also legalize and tax the snot out of marijuana. I’ll show you how a state deficit becomes a windfall overnight.

matt February 17, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I have to agree with chuck burke 100 percent. I am here for the farm show, and I am totally disapointed with the nightlife. You have to remember that us farmers wait all year for the chance to get away for the farm show. We don’t want to find a soulmate we just wanna have a good time on the one weekend we can get away from our wives.

john easton February 17, 2011 at 11:43 pm

I agree with both above. The farmers use the show as an excuse to cut loose.

Just saying February 18, 2011 at 8:37 am

This ordinance was enacted by morons, and it is going to cost the city and state and the people here a hundred million dollars when we lose the farmers convention for at least the next five year contract. Is it worth it?

That question answers itself.

Dustin February 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I work at a hotel downtown and most of our business comes from conventions like the farm machinery show. Our lawmakers are not only taking money out of the dancers hands, but mine as well. These are dollars that are used to drive our economy, and that I use to pay rent. Keep driving these people towards Indiana or other places and you will see the crime that groups such as ROCK say these businesses bring. Taking more revenue and tax dollars out of Louisville will do nothing but drive those that depend on conventions below the poverty line. Start by not electing these lawmakers that are only concerned with getting reelected and lets get some people in office that actually think and represent the citizens of Louisville.

res February 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm

i have been coming to the farm show for 30 years. A big part of coming to it is the nightlife(aka the strip clubs). I may still come to the show. Not for as many nights and not every year because of the new nudity law. a very big part of all conventions is the nightlife.

Just saying February 24, 2011 at 8:59 am

It would be a service to the community if the media would name the morons who drove the farmers convention away. And if we could get some candidates to make an issue of this to run against the life-term politicians who do this sort of thing.

The “Secondary Effects” cited by the religious zealots who drive this sort of thing have been rather conclusively shown to be fictional. Losing the Farmer’s convention for at least five years is unfortunately a hundred mlion dollars worth of real. Was it worth it?

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