- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A former NFL player is suing the city of Jacksonville over a law that restricts sexually themed bars.

The Florida Times-Union (https://bit.ly/1QYipcL ) reports that Laveranues (LAH-ver-NEE-us) Coles filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in Jacksonville.

Coles is asking a judge to overturn the city’s rules governing bikini bars and other similar businesses.

The city’s planning commission denied Coles a zoning exception for a restaurant and “dancing establishment.” Coles argues the sexual dancing at the restaurant would be for a consensual audience over the age of 18.

Coles’ suit argues Jacksonville’s rules infringe on his business’s Constitutional right to free expression and asks for $75,000 in damages.

Jacksonville spokeswoman Marsha Oliver says they do not comment on pending lawsuits.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com

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