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Yakima County to Place Moratorium on Adult Businesses

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Yakima, WASH--Remember Jamie Muffet?  His efforts to bring a strip club to Yakima caused quite a stir.

Although that's being handled through the Yakima city government, the county commissioners took notice.

They realized there is currently no zoning ordinance for adult businesses in unincorporated areas of the county.  They directed public works to look into the situation.

The result is a 6-month moratorium on places like strip clubs, sex shops and adult video stores.  The time will be used to crate a zoning ordinance they feel is appropriate in areas like Terrace Heights, Buena, Gleed and Tieton.

Vicki Barry owns an adult joke shop. She feels it is unfair to single out adult businesses.

"Adult business is no different than the wine tasting rooms on Yakima Avenue", she says.

She questions the wisdom of restricting adult business at a time when the county could use all the retail sales tax revenue it can get.  However budget director Craig Warner tells me he doesn't think delaying the opening of businesses would cost the county money, because there aren't currently any trying to open in the un-incorporated areas of the city.