Rome City Commission OK’s ‘sexually oriented businesses’ ordinance by unanimous vote on Tuesday.

Rome City Commission OK’s ‘sexually oriented businesses’ ordinance by unanimous vote on Tuesday.

What a difference a few days make: The first photo, from Friday morning, shows you what’s now in the front windows of the Love Library Express on Tribune Street in downtown Rome. Also added: Hours and other information on the door to the left. BELOW: The same storefront from Tuesday morning. Hometown photos
A look at where Love Library Express hopes to open in the 400 block of Tribune Street across from the courthouse. Hometown photo.

TUESDAY

From WRGA: By a unanimous vote, the Rome City Commission has approved the adult business ordinance. The measure approved at Tuesday’s called meeting forces sexually oriented businesses and their employees to obtain a special license, similar to a liquor license. It also forces businesses to close from midnight until 6 a.m.; and limits their locations to more than 750 feet from a church or school, as well as 300 feet from a business that sells alcohol.

The City Commission did not address the business license for the Love Library’s Express location in the 400 block of Tribune Street in downtown Rome. The business has hired an Atlanta law firm to represent it in the fight for their business license.  (WRGA)

MONDAY NIGHT

Monday night, Rome City commissioners vote 6-0 to put the adult ordinance changes up for a second reading. There was no real discussion. The next step is today at 2 p.m. when the board will gather in a called meeting to further debate the proposal, conduct a public hearing and then decide the fate of a second reading of the amendment.

LAST WEEK

The Rome City Commission has scheduled meetings on Monday, Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. to give a first reading, and most likely a second reading on Tuesday, to an amendment its business license ordinance dealing with “sexually oriented business”. The Commission had a called meeting Friday to the first reading that also included a presentation on the changes from City Attorney Andy Davis and outside counsel, Scott Bergthold.

“We heard a presentation today and placed it on first reading, but will have another meeting Monday and have a first reading again, just as a precaution. The Commission will meet again on Tuesday at 2 p.m. for most likely a second reading and vote. A public hearing is not required since this is just an ordinance, but anyone can speak if they sign-up ahead of time,” says Joe Smith, City clerk. One person is schedule to speak during Monday’s meeting, according to the agenda.

Smith also confirmed he received the letter from an attorney representing the Love Library and that he sent a letter in response asking for additional information on the business before a business license can be issued.

Previous report

Rome’s City Commission has a special called meeting set for 2 p.m. Friday to give a first reading to an amendment to its business license ordinance, this one dealing with “sexually oriented business.” Or consider it a reaction to plans by the Love Library to open an “Express” store at 402 (or 404) Tribune St., a block off Broad Street across from the courthouse.

Here’s a look at the first page of the ordinance drawn from the city’s agenda for Friday’s meeting. Click here for the entire document.

Love Library General Manager Drew Haynes and staff haven’t wasted any time in getting the proposed Express location on Tribune Street ready for business. In just a few days, the storefront has been transformed to include what basically looks like a window display from Victoria’s Secret. Also added: the store hours (11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; until midnight Friday and Saturday; and until 7 p.m. on Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Attorney for Love Library says Express is ready to open; questions ‘stalling’ by city: Below is a letter on the business’s behalf sent by Cary S. Wiggins of Wiggins Law Group in Atlanta:

 

We’ll  have updates on today’s called City Commission, set to begin at 2 p.m. It should be available via webcast. Click here


THURSDAY

Rome’s City Commission has a special called meeting set for 2 p.m. Friday to give a first reading to an amendment to its business license ordinance, this one dealing with “sexually oriented business.” Or consider it a reaction to plans by the Love Library to open an “Express” store at 402 (or 404) Tribune St., a block off Broad Street across from the courthouse.

Here’s a look at the first page of the ordinance drawn from the city’s agenda for Friday’s meeting. Click here for the entire document.

A second reading likely would occur at the commission’s Feb. 25 regularly scheduled meeting.

Background, as reported on Tuesday’s Hometown Headlines:

Here’s a Valentine’s angle most weren’t expecting: The Love Library announces plans to open an “Express” store at 402 Tribune St. in downtown Rome — accompanied by “discreet delivery.” According to a media release from Drew Haynes, general manager:

“With the success of the existing Love Library store located at 2562 Shorter Avenue in Rome, GA, a brand-new express store, The Love Library Express, is opening in downtown Rome. The Love Library Express is the first of its kind inside the city of Rome, GA, located at 402 Tribune St. The store is an intimate apparel couples boutique store, specializing in merchandise consisting of lingerie for women of all sizes and shapes, sexy clothing, shoes, candles, lotions, massage oils, lubes, enhancers, massagers, books, magazines, tobacco products, and various other intimate items.

“In addition, as part of the Express store in downtown Rome, a new service is being developed and will be implemented very soon, offering discreet delivery Between the Rivers in downtown Rome.

“Building on the same policy as the main Love Library and Floyd County, while the online store offers a full range of adult items, the new store’s stock and trade … will comply with and exist under the current adult ordinances of the city of Rome.”

Haynes has submitted an application with the city clerk’s office but has yet to obtain a business license, says City Clerk Joe Smith. The city will need to review the proposed inventory of the store vs. the city’s adult entertainment ordinance.

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