- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

NORA SPRINGS, Iowa (AP) - The owner of a newly opened exotic dance club in Nora Springs has already been cited for a liquor violation, police said.

Dale Peterson, owner of the Pole Barn Theater, was cited Thursday night for allowing liquor not covered by a liquor license inside a public establishment, the Mason City Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1nFnfyQ ) reported.

Peterson said some people who have been protesting outside the club since last week accused some of the dancers of bringing a bottle of hard liquor inside the business.

The Pole Barn Theater is a “juice bar,” meaning only wine and beer can be brought inside.

“As far as I know (wine and beer) was all the girls had,” Peterson said.

He also said city officials told him Thursday that he needed to install a sprinkler system inside the club. He said he and the officials are now taking a look at the city code “to see where I stand.”

The club opened three weeks ago and is near City Hall and two churches. In the wake of its opening, the City Council passed proposed zoning amendments involving adult-oriented businesses that would restrict sexually oriented businesses from operating within 300 feet of each other or from bus stops, churches, City Hall, day cares and schools.

Peterson has said his business wouldn’t be affected by the ordinance, because he doesn’t consider it an adult-oriented business, but a performing arts theater.

Opponents have promised to picket outside every night that it’s open.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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