Goliad limits sexually oriented businesses

June 29, 2012 at 1:29 a.m.
Updated June 30, 2012 at 1:30 a.m.

Opening a sexually oriented business in Goliad County will now require owners to jump through more hoops, as the Commissioners Court passed limits on these busiensses.

"If you are going to regulate, you have to do it before they move in," said Ted Long, a Goliad county commissioner. "Otherwise, they will be grandfathered in. You have to do it early."

Some of the businesses to be regulated are sexually oriented media stores, novelty stores and adult theaters.

Some Goliad residents brought their concerns to County Judge David Bowman, who then researched the impact these businesses had in the Eagle Ford Shale area.

Bowman said the possible secondary effects included increased crime, a greater burden on emergency personnel and a higher possibility for the transfer of sexually transmitted diseases when sexually oriented businesses are in the area.

"We need to have regulations to govern their existence to protect the citizens, protect the community and them as well," said Alonzo Morales, county commissioner.

The ordinance passed Monday by a unanimous vote.

James Bothwell, a retired resident of Goliad County, agreed with the commissioners'.

"There should be restrictions, because of the young people, even our old people," Bothwell said. "They shouldn't be exposed to it. We have enough trouble as it is. I think it would lead to more crime, more drugs."

The only complaint Bothwell had about the regulations was that they did not go far enough. For example, the regulations state that, depending on the type of sexually oriented businesses, they must be at least 1,500 feet from a school or place of worship.

"That's not very far," Bothwell said. "It should at least be a couple of miles from the school house or church. I don't think it should be in the city limits."

Bowman said believes the regulations are in-step with the residents of Goliad County.

"We are just kind of conservative in Goliad County, and want to keep those kinds of values," Bowman said.



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