- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - Buffalo County supervisors have approved longer operating hours for strip clubs and other adult venues that do not serve alcohol.

The Buffalo County Board of Supervisors voted 6-1 Tuesday to change a county ordinance to allow the establishments to stay open until 3 a.m., the Kearney Hub reported (http://bit.ly/1pcadm5).

Adult entertainment establishments that do serve alcohol will still close at 1 a.m.

Jonathon Canterbury, owner of Paradise City strip club in Elm Creek, asked the board to change the ordinance in June so his business could stay afloat. He said he had lost thousands of dollars since the ordinance was passed, because the club’s best hours were after 1 a.m.

Supervisor Jake Greder of Kearney countered with pushing operating hours forward to 2 a.m., because a 3 a.m. shift change at the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office would leave the area with less police coverage.

Canterbury said while he understood Greder’s concern about wanting law enforcement available at the business, he said the suggested 2 a.m. closing time wouldn’t solve his business problem.

“Going to 2 a.m. doesn’t help business much,” he said. “If people are coming from Kearney after bars close, they have to travel 20-25 minutes to get here, so they’re going to be leaving as soon as they’re arriving.”

He assured the board the club wouldn’t have issues.

“We haven’t had problems in a long time, and we’re not going to have any problems” Canterbury said.

The new hours will be effective after legal notice of the amendment has been published.

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Information from: Kearney Hub, http://www.kearneyhub.com/

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