Chula Vista City Council approves ordinance targeting strip clubs

City looking at litigation against Eyecandy club

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The Chula Vista City Council Tuesday officially adopted a new ordinance limiting what can go on inside adult strip clubs within city limits.

The ordinance was rushed through the council after an adult strip club called Eyecandy Showgirls opened up on the South Bay city's bayfront.

"Clearly, we're not happy about what has transpired in the fact that this business opened up with, shall we say, under questionable circumstances," said Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Castaneda.

Castaneda called it questionable because the strip club was supposed to be a comedy club. 10News obtained a copy of the original business license permit filed with Chula Vista, and it proposed building the "Chula Vista Comedy Club" in the building that used to be Anthony's Fish Grotto. The permit included a drawing of the building with a "comedy club" sign at the top.

"What we have in our official documentation and what is occurring there on the site are two different things," said Castaneda.

The new rules approved by the council prohibit lap dances and any touching between clients and employees of adult clubs.

Castaneda told 10News the city is also exploring litigation, and he said business operators need to be honest with the city if they want to succeed.

"When folks aren't willing to do that and don't do that, everyone loses," he said.

Eyecandy attorneys previously told 10News they are doing nothing wrong.

"If the city of Chula Vista wants to fight this fight, they will lose. We are protected by the Constitution," an Eyecandy attorney told 10News.

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