Vice Squad
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Vice Squad Quiz!: Guess the US City

This month, the City Commission passed an ordinance that limits the number of strip clubs, clothing-optional bars and X-rated video stores, and spells out that sex in public is illegal. But some things remain sacred: a clause to require body painters to shield their naked patrons from view was struck.

Answer: This massive turn to the right, which includes a crackdown on public drinking, is taking place in the formerly reliable Key West, Florida. The New York Times provides details; thanks to a friend of Vice Squad for the pointer. [Update: And thanks to the Vice Squad reader who wrote in to point out that the ordinance has the effect of protecting the existing vice businesses from new competition -- an effect that might also be one of the motives underlying the measure.]

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