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Mercer County considers amendment to adult entertainment ordinance

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PRINCETON -- The Mercer County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night took initial action to discourage the establishment of new adult entertainment venues like strip clubs and adult bookstores.

The current ordinance covering such businesses requires they be at least 2,000 feet from family-oriented organizations like schools and churches. 

But commissioner Greg Puckett has been angling for an amendment that drastically extends the separation to a mile.

At Tuesday night's meeting, Puckett made a motion to take the first step and it was seconded by commissioner Bill Archer, who Puckett says, will write the draft.

"It's a good step forward," Puckett told WVVA News.

In order for the amendment to be enacted, it must pass muster in three subsequent hearings, or "readings."

The first one will take place on Tuesday, November 28.

Puckett encourages the public to attend the meeting and weigh in. Or, conversely, send comments by email or snail mail to the board.

He says the first reading of the amended ordinance will be the first order of business on the 28th.

Exotic businesses with a valid license will be allowed to continue operating as they always have and won't be subject to any changes to the ordinance.

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