Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon called on the County Council Friday to work with his office to address the County’s adult entertainment regulations.
A recent proposal to open a strip club in the County on the southern border of Mukilteo prompted Reardon to send a policy memo to the County Council. Mukilteo residents and its mayor, Joe Marine, have also expressed concerns about the proposed club.
Citing concerns about crime and lax rules on where strip clubs are allowed, Reardon is calling for tighter controls and increased opportunity for the public to comment when clubs are proposed.
“The county code simply doesn’t give enough tools to prevent these operations from opening near residential neighborhoods or other inappropriate locations,” Reardon said. “My office stands ready to work with the County Council to make the necessary changes to the law.”
Currently the county code limits strip clubs to a handful of commercial zones and prevents them from being located within 660 feet of schools, churches, parks, youth-oriented facilities and establishments serving alcohol by the drink.
Reardon says the current code does not go far enough to address public concerns about the impact of these establishments on their neighborhoods.