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      North Myrtle Beach cracks down on adult businesses

      File image of a local adult business

      North Myrtle Beach could soon be regulating what can and can't happen inside an adult business.

      Council members voted to adopt a revised ordinance Monday night.

      The new guidelines lay out specific regulations for adult businesses, according to City Spokesman Pat Dowling. Specifically, they set parameters for licenses, interior layout, lighting requirements, hours of operation, and distance and height of stage to potential customers.

      The updated ordinance mirrors one adopted by Horry County last year, Dowling said. The new regulations also come after the 15th Circuit Solitors Office issued complaints to several area adult businesses. Solicitor Jimmy Richardson says he is actively working to shut some area strip clubs down .

      "They'll know what the rules are, what they have to do internally, and we'll know those and we are all on a level playing field," Dowling said.

      The revised ordinance will be a blueprint for any future establishments since there are no adult businesses that operate within the City of North Myrtle Beach at this time, according to Dowling.

      Dowling added that this type of preemptive measure will stop some of the secondary, negative effects that come with adult establishments, including crime and lewdness.