First lawsuit filed after passage of new adult ordinance

The court fight over Horry County's new adult entertainment ordinance has begun.

Less than a day after the law was passed, the owner of The Gold Club on U.S. 501 near Myrtle Beach filed suit against the county.

Mike Rose filed a motion Wednesday, seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the county from enforcing the new restrictions.

In an email to NewsChannel 15, Rose said: "We are already in federal court and will continue with our lawsuit until the end."

The new law requires adult businesses to be at least 1,500 feet away from parks, schools, and churches.

Pastor Darren Squires of Socastee Freewill Baptist Church, who's been pushing for the new restrictions, says he knew the ordinance would lead to a legal battle, but it was still the right thing to do.

"We got to take a stand. If we don't take a stand now, it's just going to come in worse and worse," Squires said.

Squires says he's not trying to shut down adult businesses, but he does want the county to restrict where they can go.

One place the owners of Airport Video Express have said they may go is Carolina Forest, despite assurances from county leaders that it would not be possible. Many Carolina Forest residents told WPDE NewsChannel 15 they're pleased with the new restrictions.

"Our children are very susceptible to that kind of stuff and there's no place for it," said Marlene Baltazar.

Kevin Dietzman added: "I don't think the people that live here would appreciate the seedy environment that comes with (adult entertainment businesses)."

Squires says this is just the beginning of a long, drawn out process to limit adult businesses in the county, but for the sake of keeping the Grand Strand as a family beach, it had to be done.

"Finally, we're putting some teeth into the dog, the dog doesn't just have to bark."

A spokesman for Airport Express Video says he'll be releasing a statement soon with reaction to the new ordinance.