Store owner urges city council to eliminate sex shops ordinance
OKLAHOMA CITY —
The owners of an adult novelty store took their case in front of the Oklahoma City Council for a second time Tuesday.
The store is accused of violating a 1997 city ordinance that restricts adult novelty stores from operating within 1,000 feet of a school, park, church, or residential neighborhood. Andrew Ryerson-Gonzalez, owner of Adam & Eve at 70th and May, urged council members to eliminate the ordinance.
“We do firmly believe that we have a good place here in the community and we do good work and we can be good neighbors to any of our neighbors, regardless of how close or how far we are from them,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez says the issue came up in December after a code enforcement officer issued a "notice of violation” to the business. Gonzalez first took the issue to city council and then directly to Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid, after locating several similar stores also in violation.
Shadid has since suggested the ordinance be rescinded, claiming it's outdated and unfair.
"All we're saying is there's already a state ordinance that governs this activity, so bring the city out of it,” Shadid said. “Just we're not going to enforce it at the city level; it's a state issue."
If the issue is ultimately left up to the city, Shadid says he would like to see all retailers held to the same standards.
A final vote on Shadid's proposal to rescind the ordinance will take place on March 13.