Controversial strip club given deadline to shut down; Owner says they have no plans of closing

Eyecandy Showgirls club facing June 7 deadline

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The city of Chula Vista has given the controversial strip club, Eyecandy Showgirls, a deadline to shut down the adult club, but on Wednesday, the owner told 10News they plan to do no such thing.

When a 10News crew encountered Randy Welty, he was busy shooing two teenagers out of his strip club parking lot. Then, he walked right up for an interview to a 10News camera and camerawoman Kim.

"It's amazing how much nude women can just produce excitement like crazy," said Welty. "You running this right now, sweetheart? Oh, good. You're kind of cute, too. By the way, I'd like to let you know that if you put in an application with me, you'd probably make more than you do for ABC."

Welty said he employs about 70 people at his Eyecandy Showgirls strip club, despite every effort from the city of Chula Vista.

"What's wrong with nudity?" he said. "You're an adult. Don't you think you have a right to go in and look at somebody naked?"

The city has said for months that the building was never zoned to be a strip club. A document obtained by 10News cites code violations such as the location of the strip club, building codes, signage and fire codes.

10News showed Welty what else the city says is wrong with his establishment, such as not having a "no touching" sign.

"Don't you think it would be a lot more appropriate for our city government to start looking at how they can improve the city instead of worrying about somebody that would like to see a naked woman?" Welty said.

In October, the city passed laws saying the strippers cannot perform fully-naked lap dances.

That is something else Welty has not been enforcing by advertising "fully nude lap dances" for Cinco de Mayo on Twitter.

When asked if he was worried that the city might shut down the club, Welty replied, "No… I don't have the slightest idea except I'm not afraid of it. This isn't my first time around the campfire."

The city has given the club two weeks to file an appeal and Welty says his attorneys will do just that.

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