Topless bar lawsuit on agenda

The Cameron County Commissioner’s Court will discuss a topless bar lawsuit in executive session this morning.

South Padre Island attorney Larry Polsky says he sued the county after repeated requests for a sexually oriented business application were ignored by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department.

“ There’s been a lot of people who don’t want a topless bar, which is understandable, but then just make it unlawful to have them in the county. They have a Stilettos (Cabaret) and a Jaguars, but no one is asking them to go,” Polsky said.

The meeting begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Commissioners Courtroom on the second floor of the Oscar C. Dancy Building, 1100 E. Monroe St.

Polsky’s proposal is for an 8,400-square-foot modular building on the outskirts of the Town of South Padre Island.

The location he has in mind is six miles away from properties in any direction, he said.

“ If I had picked the most out-of-the-way, desolate place in the county, it would be my lot. I don’t think you can find many other spots six miles away from the nearest residence,” Polsky said.

The commissioners should be discussing when to set a public hearing and whether they want to fight the lawsuit, Polsky said.

Sheriff Omar Lucio said he received about six or seven letters from residents who were opposed to the bar. He denied Polsky’s application.

According to county policy, if the sheriff denies the permit, the decision can be appealed. The court must consider the appeal no later than 30 days after receiving the written request for an appeal. The court must then come to a decision no later than 15 days after the hearing.

“ It’ll be an interesting public hearing, that much I can tell you,” Polsky said.