Sex ordinance modeled after Gainesville's

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

A proposed ordinance allowing nudity at adult businesses brought one Chiefland City Commissioner to tears because it conflicts with her Christian beliefs.

Vice Mayor Teresa Barron suddenly burst into tears for a couple of moments during the discussion at Monday's regular commission meeting that was attended by about 20 citizens, including students.

"This is breaking my heart," Barron said as she teared up. After the meeting she said considering the measure was the hardest thing she must do as a city commissioner. "It conflicts with my Christian beliefs to vote to allow nudity."

"But all the pastors came and said we need to have this," she said.

After much discussion, the commission decided to consider adopting a licensing ordinance that mirrors Levy County's adult business licensing ordinance. The measure will come up for a first reading at the commission's Oct. 27 meeting.

In addition, the city will adopt a zoning ordinance modeled after Gainesville's with a ban on adult businesses within 1,000 feet of residential, day care, schools, recreation and worship sites.

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