Proposed Curry County strip club stirs debate

CLOVIS, N.M. (KRQE) – Major controversy is brewing about a proposed strip club in Curry County.

The Texas man behind it says it’d boost the economy, but the community doesn’t want it.

“Community to me means family and kids, not just an elite few who wanted to be a member of a gentleman’s club,” said Gloria Allen.

On Friday, a businessman approached Curry County officials with a proposal to open the area’s first gentleman’s club.

According to the county, the man who wants to open the club says it would help the city’s economy and bring a handful of new jobs.

Bobby Sandoval, who is both a city and county commissioner, says while the club could help the city financially he thinks it hurts the city’s image and sets a bad example.

In the last week, Sandoval says dozens of concerned citizens have told him the same thing.

“They’re all saying we just flat out don’t want it,” said Sandoval.

He says they’re also worried about what the club could bring with it.

“They feel if a gentleman’s club comes in there will be more crime, more alcohol,” said Sandoval.

Right now, the county is looking into the pros and cons of the strip club.

The County Commission will vote on the club sometime this summer, but because there are no ordinances stopping the business from opening a no vote could lead to legal action.

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