If this isn't the death blow, I don't know what is.
A federal appeals court today upheld a city ordinance restricting where topless clubs and sexually oriented businesses can operate.
The ruling by a three-judge panel from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is a significant victory for the city, which has spent more than $1 million defending the ordinance in the decade since its adoption.
In a short written opinion, the court affirmed a finding earlier this year by a federal judge in Houston that the city had properly imposed rules prohibiting such businesses from operating within 1,500 feet of schools, churches, parks and licensed day-care centers.
The court agreed that the city demonstrated enough alternative sites where the topless clubs, adult book and video stores and nude modeling studios could relocate.
The ruling means the Houston Police Department's vice officers can begin enforcing the ordinance, arresting owners and employees working in businesses that violate the ordinance.
UPDATE: Matt Stiles emails to send me the URL for the longer story. Thanks, Matt!Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 21, 2007 to Local politics