- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - A man who has been battling Hall County officials in his effort to open a strip club there has done so in a neighboring county.

Shane Harrington debuted a private membership gentlemen’s club Thursday at The Shed, a bar in Hastings, half an hour away from Hall County in Adams County, the Grand Island Independent reported (https://bit.ly/1OFrs0o ).

From 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the business operates as a bar, charging $5 for entry and serving alcohol. Servers aren’t nude, but do wear lingerie or pasties and are not allowed to touch customers, Harrington said.

After 1 a.m., the liquor is locked away, and only private members can enter to watch fully-nude dancers.

Hastings has local regulations about when and where sexually-oriented businesses can operate. But Harrington said he’s skirted those laws, because the operation is membership-only club.

“Once it’s a private event, generally we’ll lock the door because it’s a private party,” he said.

But Hastings city officials aren’t so sure.

City Attorney David Ptak said the Hastings Police Department and developmental services department are currently investigating and will determine what, if any, action needs to be taken.

“When we have the information, we’ll see how it applies to our code and take the appropriate action if necessary,” Ptak said.

In the meantime, Ptak said, Harrington can continue to operate.

Harrington has filed lawsuits against Hall and Seward counties over zoning laws that he contends are too restrictive and intended to keep him from opening strip clubs there. He said he is willing to work with Hastings officials and law enforcement regarding his new venture.

“We do plan on staying open and doing whatever it takes to continue staying open,” he said. “I hope it doesn’t come to another lawsuit.”

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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