Opening of Social House II has cities reviewing decency ordinances

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) - The University City City Council tried as hard as they could to stop Social House II from opening, but there was not anything in their laws that prohibited the business.

That got other municipalities scrambling to take a look at their decency statutes.

The city of Maryland Heights was one of the first to take a look at their laws.

"The initial reaction was actually from the city attorney and his question was if this was to come to Maryland Heights what would our code say about it, " said  City Planner Michael Zeek.

Maryland Heights found that their statue said individuals in an establishment must have full opaque coverings.

"In conversations with the city attorney we said well technically body paint is full and opaque so we established the word" 'fabric' in there so there wasn’t any room for interpretation so it now says full opaque fabric covering," said Zeek.

The Clayton city council also made a few changes to their statute.

They adopted an ordinance banning businesses that sell alcohol from turning to nudity as a marketing tool.

In a statement the mayor said, “Clayton has never had any problems with this issue, but after recent events the board of alderman decided to examine our ordinances and tighten up the rules.

Although no matter how you phrase it statues don’t always cover everything.

On Monday the Maplewood city council signed off on a liquor license for a Twin Peaks franchise.

The uniforms worn by the female wait staff at Twin Peaks are a lot like those at a Hooters. They don’t cover everything but they do cover enough to pass the Maplewood decency statute.

The Des Peres city council also made some changes to their decency statute.

University City leaders are still trying to fight the liquor license at Social House II.

The next hearing on that is scheduled for Wednesday.

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