City Council members have unanimously approved strict new regulations for sexually oriented businesses - even though this southern Utah town currently has none.
Councilman Kip Hansen said Wednesday night's vote hopefully will help Cedar City avoid the kinds of problems other Utah cities have experienced in fighting sexually oriented businesses after they already exist."This is a proactive ordinance," Hansen said. "We want to have a policy on the books now as opposed to Band-Aid politics later."
"We ain't messing with the First Amendment here," added Mayor Harold Shirley. "Nationwide studies show that there are detrimental effects to a community from these type of businesses."
The mayor said the city cannot prohibit sex businesses outright, but it can place strict zoning and licensing requirements on operators.
"We want to make sure kids and the community at large are protected," he said.
The ordinance limits sexually oriented businesses to industrial and manufacturing zones.