The book appears to have finally closed on the Pure Pleasure adult bookstore here with the announcement it will be leveled for a parking lot.
Owners of the neighboring Nineteenth Hole Lounge bought the site of the embattled book and video store last month after a federal judge's ruling forced it to close.U.S. District Judge Philip Pro ruled on March 28 that the city was within its legal rights in restricting the store to an area of town zoned light industrial. On April 5, Pro refused to grant a stay to Pure Pleasure's owners while they appealed the ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
"It's finally over," said Rebecca Hartley, a member of Help Our Moral Environment, which tirelessly picketed the store. "The book is closed on this issue."
The appeal is still pending, leaving Pure Pleasure the option to seek monetary damages from the city for lost profits, said company lawyer Roger Diamond. He said the owner is unsure whether he will see the appeal through to the end.
Diamond would not rule out the possibility of Pure Pleasure reopening in Mesquite. He has said alternate spots lack the infrastructure now, but they may be viable in the future.
The Nineteenth Hole eventually may expand the business onto its new property, said co-owner Todd Petersen, but for now it will be used for parking.
"We weren't fond of them being our neighbors," Petersen said.