Adult Shop Vindicated - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Adult Shop Vindicated

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Worth County is Camera Ready

    Worth County is Camera Ready

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:50:56 GMT
    Karen Rackley, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce Executive DirectorKaren Rackley, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
    Every county in Georgia is now camera ready.Worth County is one of the final 20 counties that just earned the designation meant to show television and movie producers that local communities are able and willing to help them. More >>
    Every county in Georgia is now camera ready.Worth County is one of the final 20 counties that just earned the designation meant to show television and movie producers that local communities are able and willing to help them. More >>
  • Sylvester city departments remain without phone service

    Sylvester city departments remain without phone service

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:50:33 GMT
    Bill Yearta, Mayor of SylvesterBill Yearta, Mayor of Sylvester
    All city departments in Sylvester remain without phone service. The phone system went down on Monday at Sylvester City Hall and the police, fire, and public works departments.More >>
    All city departments in Sylvester remain without phone service. The phone system went down on Monday at Sylvester City Hall and the police, fire, and public works departments.More >>
  • When does discipline go too far??

    When does discipline go too far??

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:42:39 GMT
    Dr. Sinay Edwards, Open Arms Program DirectorDr. Sinay Edwards, Open Arms Program Director
    The arrest of an NFL superstar on child abuse charges raises questions about when discipline goes too far.More >>
    The arrest of an NFL superstar on child abuse charges raises questions about when discipline goes too far.More >>

May 24, 2005

Cordele - In January, the Court heard a case between Crisp County and the adult novelty store Love Stuff. The ruling allows the store to remain where it is.

Love Stuff sells sex novelty items, and other non-explicit materials. Roger Welk is an employee , he used to be a partial owner. He says, "We had to sell out, and a new company took over." Sold out because he couldn't afford litigation against the county.

The county said the store was too close to a residential zone, but this week the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that ordinance was too vague. Welk says, "It just opens up more doors for us as far as comfort and feeling that we're an asset to the community rather than a blemish."

He says the store adds something that married couples appreciate. "They need some variety, they need some spice, they need to put that romance back into their marriage," says Welk. And the ruling by the courts assures the relationship between "love stuff" and the county will continue.

Here is the summary of the opinion, courtesy of the Georgia Supreme Court Website:

The Supreme Court has unanimously reversed a Crisp County Superior Court judge in 105 Floyd Road, Inc. v. Crisp County, S05A0373.

Justice Carol W. Hunstein wrote for the Court. At issue in this case is a county ordinance designed to regulate the sale of “‘services, . . . or materials in print or in any photographic or recorded media that [involve or depict certain defined sexually-explicit activities or anatomical areas], with the intent of providing sexual stimulation or gratification to the customer.’" Businesses “that meet the definition of a sexually-oriented adult use may only operate in certain designated zoning districts upon approval of a special use permit.”

The trial court “reject[ed] appellant's constitutional challenges to the development code, including the assertion that the language was unconstitutionally vague, both facially and as applied to appellant, [and] permanently enjoined appellant from operating its business.” In reversing the trial court, the Supreme Court has ruled that the wording of the ordinance “is too vague to be enforced and is, therefore, unconstitutional under the due process clauses of the Georgia and United States constitutions.”

Attorneys for Appellant: Alan I. Begner; Katie K. Wood

Attorneys for Appellee: Peter R. Olson; Brandon L. Bowen

feedback: news@walb.com