CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A Chula Vista resident says she will continue to picket outside strip club Eyecandy Showgirls until it closes down.
Joann Libby is upset that Eyecandy Showgirls is still in business months after the city sued them for operating unlawfully. Zoning and nude lap dances are the issue.
Libby and others also complain it is just across the street from a nature preserve, where kids visit during the week.
“I can come out here from 3:30 to 5:30. It might not make any difference but I'll tell you, I'm proud of Chula Vista,” said Libby.
Libby calls Eyecandy Showgirls an eye sore. It sits on the corner of Bay Boulevard and E Street, an area Libby refers to as the gateway to Chula Vista.
“I just can’t get over the fact that when I come home, this is what I got to see,” said Libby.
Eyecandy Showgirls is currently being sued by Chula Vista and its’ City Attorney Glen Googins after misleading the city in its business application, stating that Eyecandy Showgirls was to be a cabaret theatre, not a strip club.
When asked if the business was offering nude lap dances, Randy Welte, owner of Eyecandy Showgirls, told 10News in an earlier interview, “Well yes I am."
Welte was not available for comment Wednesday evening, but 10News spoke with him in December and with a former Eyecandy Showgirls stripper who, fearing for her safety, wanted to remain anonymous. She told 10News things there go way beyond nude dancing and that there is prostitution and drugs.
“A lot of the girls do smoke weed. Some crack,” said the former stripper.
Googins told 10News reporter Preston Phillips that he and the city are now seeking a court order to see that Eyecandy Showgirls is shut down for good.
He says the city's zoning code does not allow them to operate at their current location and the way in which they are conducting business is unlawful.
Googins says the city had no choice but to sue, since Welte has been unwilling to comply.
A trial date has been set for October. Googins says it is possible that could be moved up.
Many are asking why it is taking so long to shut down the place. Googins says a court order is necessary and unfortunately, the judicial process is very slow.