The city of El Dorado filled in some gaps in their city codes with an amendment to the ordinance regulating adult businesses in the city.


The city of El Dorado filled in some gaps in their city codes with an amendment to the ordinance regulating adult businesses in the city.

The issue arose because of all of the talk about The Retreat.
Mayor Tom McKibban asked the city manager, Herb Llewellyn, to review their ordinances to make sure an establishment that had nude or partially nude dancing could not open in El Dorado.

“I had already talked with planning and zoning, making sure we had covered adult entertainment in the new zoning ordinance we are working through,” Llewellyn said.

After that, Llewellyn reviewed the current ordinance.

“When I read them I discovered that we talked about bookstores, theaters and adult hotels, but there was nothing in them about dance clubs,” he said. “So what we did the other night, we amended our adult entertainment ordinance.”

The regulations are the same as for other adult businesses, including a 1,000-foot distance required between the business and schools, churches and residential areas.

They also will create a map that shows where such businesses could be located in the city.

“It’s been considered a freedom of speech issue so governments cannot prohibit it,” Llewellyn said. “It will always be allowed, but it can absolutely be regulated. We want to make sure should this type of enterprise want to come into town, it’s in the appropriate part of town.”

Llewellyn said this came about just as a precaution, not because there has been any interest from such a business.

“It’s really just so that we don’t wake up one morning and find a dance club downtown or somewhere we don’t want one,” he said.