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Strip club controversy could soon be settled

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The liquor license is stopping them, but the club believes it all boils down to morality. The liquor license is stopping them, but the club believes it all boils down to morality.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A new strip club is the focus of a battle between a Birmingham businessman and the city of Huntsville, but the controversy could soon come to an end.

This controversy has been going on for almost two years now, but it may finally be settled.

The city council is set to take a vote Thursday on whether the club, Volcano 256, can be granted its liquor license after all.

As of now, a denied application is what's keeping the business from opening its doors.

Remnants of the old Silver Dollar Strip Club can still be seen, but go inside, and you will see work in progress for a new gentleman's club - one that doesn't seem to be welcome in Huntsville.

"We have a problem with that because the same type of business was here for 30 years, doing the same thing we are trying to do," said Darrick Taylor, manager of Volcano 256.

After making more than $50,000 in renovations to the place, the club's liquor license was rejected by the city.

The city said it has a good reason for keeping the club from opening its doors.

"The crime in itself related to that club, particularly in that area, went down dramatically after it closed. We took an even bigger picture of the surrounding area, which included the apartments, and found out our calls for service really went down after it closed," said Sergeant Mark Roberts with Huntsville Police.

There have also been some issues with zoning and permits for the business.

"What we are saying is that is not a good location for adult entertainment. We have other zones in the city of Huntsville that would allow such entertainment and we feel that's where those type of establishments need to be," Robert said.

However, the club maintains they have done everything right.

"We have done everything they requested of us. We have followed everything to the letter of the law," said Taylor.

The liquor license is stopping them, but the club believes it all boils down to morality.

The city council will allow for public comment before the vote is taken, which is around 6 p.m. Thursday at Huntsville City Hall downtown.

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