City council unanimously voted on the future of adult businesses, Wednesday. The staff is still going forward with the relocation ordinance, Title 18, which would require adult businesses to move to industrial zones.

Now, they are also working to create ordinances to combat what they call secondary effects; like crime, blight, and underage drinking. This means the city staff will have to return, once again, before city council with proposals.

Mayor Hillary Schieve says, "[City staff] will do that business impact statement, and they'll craft some ordinances, and council will look at them, and you'll see yes or down votes."

Mayor Schieve says that working to fight the possible secondary effects with things like stricter age requirements, alcohol regulations, surveillance cameras, and possibly getting rid of private dance rooms is how the city should have started trying to tackle this issue.

During public comment, a majority of the commenters agreed with the city's direction to relocate the businesses. However, local adult-business owners do have support and said that if the city was truly concerned about those possible secondary effects, then they should put regulations in first, before moving forward with the relocation.

One adult-business owner told me he thinks the secondary effects are baseless. Kamy Keshmiri, Owner of the Wild Orchid says "'Secondary effects is what these businesses cause,' is what they're claiming and 'that's why we want to move you, but if you work to curb that secondary effects, then there's no reason to move you.'"

Adult business owners also filed lawsuits with the city for first-amendment issues since these ordinances were introduced. While those lawsuits have since been settled, owners say they are prepared to fight all the way to the supreme court to stay in downtown Reno.

Original Story:

In September of last year we reported on a proposal to move Reno strip clubs out of Midtown and downtown. 

Since then, City of Reno staff has researched the issue and listened to community input on the matter. Tomorrow, Reno City Council will once again discuss possible changes to adult businesses.

We reached out to folks in support of - and against - strip club relocation. Andi Guevara reports:

As the city of Reno strives to redevelop, there are considerations about businesses that once received waivers to be in areas for which they are not zoned. The Wild Orchid in Midtown is one of those.

 “The deal was, give up your gambling unlimited license, give up your class a cabaret license - cause you're a casino - and we'll give you an interactive cabaret license which is a strip club license” explains Mark Thierman, attorney for Keshmeri Entertainment, that owns several clubs in town.

The Wild Orchid was given that deal more than 20 years ago, so they are grandfathered in says Thierman.

But that doesn't mean they can stay there forever says lawyer Jason Guinasso, who provides legal counsel for a group petitioning for the clubs to be moved.

“Some of those tools to move nonconforming businesses out of areas they're not zoned for is to provide stricter regulations,” says Guinasso.

Stricter regulations like refusing liquor license to the strip clubs

"That won’t fly,” says Thierman “That's a taking. That's just a pretext, we have a right to a liquor license the same way you have a right to a business license.”

Others would argue the strip clubs are bad for Reno’s image and are affecting business development. 

“All you have to do is look at the Wells Fargo building right next to the Wild Orchid that's been vacant for how long, or the Starbucks that was across the street from them that has since moved ...to realize it has an impact." says Mike Kazmierski, President and CEO of Economic Development of Western Nevada (EDAWN).

Another argument is possible illegal activity inside the club, revealed by former workers, “They've reported witnessing drug deals and prostitution in the establishments,” says Guinasso

Impossible, says Thierman; “Because we have that liquor license we want to protect, we have floor men all over the place so nothing bad happens, it's a high security area.”

Your opinion on the matter - also matters: “Let the council know, ultimately they're gonna listen to the voice of the people,” reminds Kazmierski.

Regulation of adult businesses is being discussed at tomorrow's Reno City Council meeting - beginning at 10:00 in the morning.

Agenda for April 11, 2018 meeting -

http://renocitynv.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=1716

Info on the #MoveTheStripClubs petition –

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-hillary-schieve-move-the-strip-clubs-from-downtown-reno?mc_cid=bfda85343b&mc_eid=f5a81b85d2