AZTEC — San Juan County Commissioners on Tuesday approved an ordinance regulating adult entertainment businesses, despite objection from one business owner.
"I'm really concerned with the fact that you guys have singled out the adult retail business that I own," Joe Wojcik told the commission.
For nine years, Wojcik has owned Something Sexy, an adult store on Harper Hill in Kirtland. As far as he knows, he told the commission, his business has caused no trouble.
The ordinance will become law in 120 days. It will require new adult businesses to be located at least 1,000 feet from similar operations, homes, religious assemblies, libraries, cultural services, child care centers, community centers, public parks and elementary and secondary schools, according to a draft of the ordinance. Among other provisions, the law will require owners to buy a $250 license, which will cost $100 to renew each year.
The owner of the strip club across the hill from Wojcik's business has said she supports the ordinance. Jacqueline Ritchie, the owner of Taboo Show Club, has said she's in favor of the ordinance because it prevents larger adult entertainment businesses from running her out of business.
The law regulates all adult entertainment businesses, not just Wojcik's store, County Deputy Attorney Doug Echols said after Tuesday's meeting.
"So long as the separation (requirement) is there, this type of business could exist any place in the county," he said in the meeting, following Wojcik's comments.
Wojcik also told the commission he is only a retailer, and many of his toys can be bought online. The county doesn't require licences of people who work at Wal-Mart or cook food, he said, "so why do you (require) it for me?"
Echols said many adult entertainment business owners have criminal backgrounds, and the licencing required is to address that.
Wojcik sneered and shook his head.
No other residents spoke about the ordinance.