COLUMBIA CITY â€” An ordinance approved at Tuesdayâ€™s Columbia City Common Council meeting will ban nude or seminude acts for entertainment.
The council unanimously approved the first reading of Ordinance 2013-11, which prohibits unclothed acts in commercial establishments within the city limits.
Fines for violation will be $250 on first offense, $500 on second and the fine for the third offense will not be less than $750 but not more than $2,500.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said this ordinance was a matter of the city attempting to get ahead of a problem rather than be behind it.
â€śThe city of Angola has had quite a fight on their hands recently as far as strip clubs are concerned,â€ť he said.
â€śThey are slightly smaller than us, population-wise.â€ť
He continued that the ordinance fits what the city is about.
â€śInstead of fighting this after the fact and having a situation to handle with the press, we thought we would move forward with the ordinance,â€ť Daniel said.
â€śI think it fits the profile of our community. Residents, both young and old, talk about how nice and wholesome the community is, you see family values here.â€ť