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Leon County commissioners to revisit regulating location of adult entertainment stores

Posted at 6:11 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 18:11:12-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A push for the county to take more control over those adult entertainment stores is now playing out in Leon County.

It's one of a number of stories we're following Tuesday in the county Including the future of a needle exchange program.

There are only three unincorporated adult stores in Leon County and the commission says it will not regulate them.

Commissioner Rick Minor made a motion to have future stores at least 1,000 feet away from schools and churches. That motion never made it to a vote but commissioners moved to revisit the issue in another six to eight months.

The First Amendment protects the businesses which makes regulation harder.

"It may not be everyone's favorite type of store, but for me I think we really need to be careful when you regulate private business and this is protected by the first amendment so we're really limited in what we can do," said Commissioner Kristin Dozier.

Another big issue Tuesday is the needle exchange program. The county could adopt an ordinance allowing those dealing with drug abuse to trade their dirty needles and syringes in for clean ones and get on the site counseling. For more on that story, click here.