Chula Vista looks to make strengthen law regulating adult industry

City suing Eyecandy Showgirls

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Chula Vista officials may soon be rewriting a law after they say the city was deceived by the strip club Eyecandy Showgirls.

Eyecandy Showgirls is the only place in San Diego County offering full nude lap dances. Unfortunately, for the city of Chula Vista, the gentlemen's club sits right off E Street, which the city calls a "gateway entrance" to the heart of town.

The club is also right across the street from the Living Coast Discovery Center, which is a popular destination for schools and families.

"Having parents try to explain what that business is … that's not cool," said Chula Vista City Councilwoman Mary Salas. "I'd like to see it gone. I'd like to see Eyecandy gone from that location."

Salas said Chula Vista can't force the place to shut down.

"As a matter of fact, we have to be very, very careful with that," she said. "However, we can regulate where those businesses go."

In July, the Chula Vista City Council will vote on an updated ordinance that would prevent places like Eyecandy from opening in certain parts of town.

The city is already suing the owners, with city attorneys claiming Eyecandy lied on its application about the true nature of the business. It was originally going to be a comedy club.

An attorney representing the city said, "Eyecandy did not meet the City's locational standards when it opened and if this new ordinance is adopted Eyecandy will remain at a site that still does not meet the locational standards of the City."

Yet the club is operating and advertising all-nude lap dances -- illegal in Chula Vista -- on its Facebook and Twitter pages. The owners have claimed it's their First Amendment right.

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