Unalaska bans nudity

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2002

UNALASKA - In an effort to curtail a newly opened strip club, the Unalaska City Council has passed a prohibition on most forms of public nudity.

The public-nudity ordinance is aimed directly at Mermaids, a downtown strip club that opened last month. The new law, passed Tuesday by a 5-0 margin, will require dancers to wear G-strings and "pasties" when they perform.

Exemptions to the nudity ban apply to small children, art classes and breast-feeding mothers.

On Tuesday, the council also forwarded proposals that would limit the location and business practices of such establishments.

One proposal calls for prohibiting adult businesses from operating within 300 feet of churches, schools, parks and residential developments. Virtually all of the developed portion of Unalaska Island, including the location of Mermaids, would be off-limits.

"That will force me to close down," Kostas Manolakakis, the owner of Mermaids, told The Dutch Harbor Fisherman newspaper. "How are the girls going to make any money?"

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