I’m by no means writing this to begin a debate about morality. Nor will I speak of my own personal religious perspectives to charge forward. It’s America right? Freedom to say, think, or do (within law) whatever our little heart’s desire. So there will be no high horse here Mr. Burg, simply another perspective to your current pursuit of a Gentleman’s Club. After all, that’s the beauty of this country, the ability to have differing opinions no matter what race, gender, or religion. Here are some thoughts I have as a resident of Spencer, Iowa for your proposed “classy” strip club.
The question to this idea is not whether or not you can have a strip club. Undoubtedly, you can. It is your right as a business man to open what you will. However, the problem is your location. Unfortunately, that location is not far from a school and residential homes. Oh but wait, the argument here was the comparison of an Okoboji club with similar attributes co-existing near a school and a religious facility. True, however, it is also on a strip (no pun intended) of road that harbors several other bars, has nightly police on standby and not an area that families have to continuously drive by. The theme park located on the other side, is a frequent family destination with the option to exit from a different way at night, allowing families to avoid the “night life”.
You’re asking for a strip club on a road that takes families to "family” businesses such as Mc Donald’s, Wal-Mart, and the mall to just to name a few and heaven forbid I need a late night taco. Our family will have plain sight to your establishment via the drive through to which I would hope there would be no wait time to avoid uncomfortable questions.
Now I am not saying my children are sheltered nor should we shelter them from topics that are uncomfortable. My point is simply that there is a reason that this particular area is zoned the way that it is. An industrial area would be more suited. You would not be selling sex in plain sight. If someone has the fancy to partake in a Gentleman’s club, they will no- doubtedly seek you out and congratulations you would be the only competitor in this field. Not to mention, your clientele that would be more comfortable in remaining anonymous could do so due to lack of traffic, no need for that back door eh?
I’ve read your claims to keep signs discreet and I’ve also seen the very first sign you decide to throw up to make people aware of your proposal and ordeal. The “Vote Yes to Developing Business” with two women strategically placed near a pole. Can’t wait to see if little girls think there is a new dance class coming soon to an area nearby.
Not entirely sure yet if this sort of publicity you are seeking is to entice controversy or a get-rich-quick scheme to save a troubled restaurant with your public claims of lost revenue. Yes, sex sells. We all know this. It’s thrown in our face every day- on every channel but it also invites crime. Google has all kinds of information on crime rates in relevance to adult entertainment! Want an example? Nevada home to the” City of Sin” is top three of the worst places to live due to high crime rate. Must just be the gambling right? The endless supply of nudity can’t be related to prostitution which then links to drug abuse but that’s just assuming so we don’t want to do that right?
If you want to think more locally, can I mention that a man died at Gentleman’s club nearby? Additionally, there was a fire which caused that club to burn to the ground? Even with all your extra security and cameras, things happen Mr. Burg. I’m sure the majority of Spencer would like them to happen away from residential homes.
I’d like to point out once again that no one has said that you cannot have this business. Just not in the area that unfortunately is convenient for you. However, being the good business man that you are, you have told the board that regardless of what is decided, this club is going to be done anyways with legal ties that could take some time to untangle during which time you will do business how you deem fit. Which brings me back to the problem of thinking that this entire venture is just to make a quick buck. Meaning false concerns for the growth of Spencer long term, just the lining of your pockets. So why make arguments that this business is for the benefit of Spencer and its residents when your plan B disregards the non-desirable outcome in almost a threatening way.
In light of the recent death of an Iowan jogger and the rising concerns most women are having nowadays with kidnapping and sex trafficking, the last thing I want to be concerned about is evading a drunken aroused threat at Wal-Mart all because I needed to pick up some middle of the night medicine for my sick child. I want to be comfortable in the city I live in Mr. Burg and the area in which you are inviting traffic shouldn’t make me unsettled.
I do hope that you open whatever business that helps you on your pursuit to happiness, just not at the expense of making a family town uncomfortable. Additionally, if you’re looking for fresh ideas on what to do with your failing restaurant, why not open a women’s Jiu Jitsu gym? A healthy contribution that involves the brain and body without nudity? After all, Spencer is proud of being a blue zone.