KEITHSBURG -- The hot-button issue of topless dancers at Bikini's Bar and Grill has cooled some since the August closing of the controversial club in Keithsburg.
The bar and grill closed in August, bringing an end to a public outcry from residents opposed to the nude dancers and Keithsburg officials want to make sure it stays that way.
The Keithsburg City Council voted on Dec. 11 to amend its liquor and nuisance ordinances to forbid the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at adult entertainment businesses and included exposed breasts in its definition of "nudity."
City officials said the changes were needed so that Keithsburg has a clearer ordinance that details what defines nudity in adult entertainment facilities.
Alderman Kurt Kruidenier was absent and the rest of the council voted unanimously for the changes.
"It's what the town wanted," Alderman Linda O'Brien said. "It better defines what can be done."
Guy Brenkman, the owner of Bikini's, began having topless servers and dancers at his club this past summer.
The city's former ordinance, adopted in 2005, forbid alcohol sales and consumption at adult entertainment facilities, however, didn't include a clear definition of nudity.
Mr. Brenkman argued his business was not an "adult use" business because the dancers were topless, not totally nude.
Mayor Jim Stewart said the council believed that a better definition was needed.
"The council felt that it was hard to enforce without clear definitions as to what was in the ordinance," he said. "I think that it will relieve a lot of people's minds."
Mr. Brenkman could not be reached for comment Friday.
Originally, Mr. Brenkman opened his business in March with dancers and servers wearing bikinis. Eventually, they began wearing less.
The nuisance ordinance also increased the distance an adult entertainment facility must be from schools, day care centers, cemeteries, public parks, forest preserves, public housing and churches from 1,000 feet under the old ordinance to 3,000 feet under the amendment.
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