AUGUSTA,Ga (WJBF) Sharon Bush Ellison told Augusta she should not be denied a license to do her job as a private dancer.
“What we have a young lady to have a license to do private parties how can you ban it how can you ban her does she need regulating,” said Ellison.
Commissioners hearing her appeal because the city rejected her adult entertainment license because the code requires the applicant to state which of three downtown night clubs she is working, something Ellison didn’t do.
“To be an adult dancer you are only allowed to do that in a permitted premise which is an approved adult entertainment establishment,” said Rob Sherman of the Planning and License and Inspections Department.
Ellison called the city ordinance unconstitutional but most of commissioners backed the existing licensing requirements.
“I don’t know how you can regulate this I’m just going with the recommendations of our department head,” said Commissioner Mary Davis.
By having the activity in an establishment gives it credibility and somewhat error of control,” said Commissioner Dennis Williams.
“When you try to stop this on moral grounds instead of legal grounds.”
“I think we’re looking at what’s legal and what’s moral and we’re going to do what’s best for the community,” said Commissioner Bill Fennoy.
On a nine to one vote commissioner rejected the appeal.
“That’s okay that’s okay then what they have to rule in 14 days and if they rule I’ll take them to court, “said Ellison.
Ellison says she’s not going to violate any community standards or obscenity rules, because she says she will have some clothes on when she dances.
Though nine commissioners rejected the appeal, commissioner Bill Lockett voted in favor.