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  Strip club lap dances OK’d in Scottsdale
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ContributorThomas Walker 
Last EditedThomas Walker  Jul 11, 2007 06:35am
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MediaNewspaper - East Valley Tribune
News DateWednesday, July 11, 2007 12:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionScottsdale’s two strip clubs can allow topless dancers to perform lap dances for their customers, a decision that concludes a nearly two-year odyssey that featured arguably the world’s biggest porn star, police raids, a referendum and discussions of anatomy more common to locker rooms than city council chambers.

The Scottsdale City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance Tuesday that clarifies what will be allowed within Babe’s Cabaret and Skin Cabaret; specifically that there will be no distance requirement between seminude dancers and patrons as long as the strippers are wearing pasties and a thong g-string.

It also sets limits on the amount of touching between stripper and patron, and requires all activity to be viewed from a manager’s station either by the manager or closed circuit video.

Representatives from Babe’s, which is partially owned by adult film mogul Jenna Jameson, and Skin, which is owned by Todd Borowsky, have been meeting with city lawyers for the past six months, but the two sides only came to a final agreement in the hours before the council vote.

The council, which in December 2005 unanimously approved new rules that would have banned lap dances, changed their mind primarily because of a September referendum when 52 percent of Scottsdale voters sided with the clubs and overturned the new rules.
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