Zoning board mulls fate of Wantagh cabaret

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray appeared before the Zoning Board of Appeals today asking its members to reject a cabaret license for a controversial establishment.The

WANTAGH - Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray appeared before the Zoning Board of Appeals today asking its members to reject a cabaret license for a controversial establishment.The move comes after weeks of protests against the opening of a second Billy Dean's location in Wantagh. "We don't want to see the types of activities authorized here turn a beautiful residential neighborhood into a red-light district," Murray said. As News 12 Long Island has reported, protesters say the website of Billy Dean's says it offers adult entertainment and lap dances.The current Billy Dean's location in North Bellmore is advertised as Long Island's top strip club. However, the owners claim that at their new proposed location on Sunrise Highway, they'll be offering family entertainment that won't involve nudity. However, residents say strippers often find a way around town nudity regulations."I think we know that legally you're not allowed to have nudity, but there [are] very scantily-clad dancers that they have at his other establishment," says Civic Association President Claudia Borecky.The Zoning Board of Appeals is expected to reach a decision in a few weeks.

Residents rail against planned Wantagh strip club

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