Time's up for adult entertainment in Horry County

The Gold Club. Source: Tom O'Dare tom.odare@myhorrynews.com
The Gold Club. Source: Tom O'Dare tom.odare@myhorrynews.com

Now that a 90-day grace period has lapsed, Horry County says it plans to enforce its revamped adult entertainment ordinance that county council members passed in September.

"The existing adult entertainment establishments have had ample time to conform their businesses and practices to comply with the County's new adult entertainment regulations," Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said in a prepared statement. "The County will enforce those regulations as provided."

Those regulations include specifics about when, where and how they can operate. Adult entertainment is now allowed in only one of four zones in Horry County.

The new ordinances also include detailed definitions.

For example, "adult cabaret" is defined as "a nightclub, bar, juice bar, restaurant, bottle club, or similar commercial establishment that regularly features live conduct characterized by semi-nudity."

The rules describe "semi-nude or semi-nudity" as "the showing of the female breast below a horizontal line across the top of the areola and extending across the width of the breast at that point, or the showing of the male or female buttocks.

Planning officials said the county's old laws for adult entertainment were outdated and ineffective.

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