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West Palm Beach City Commissioners Want to Ban Strip Club Ad Trucks

In a bid to prove that most city commissions hate fun, the West Palm Beach City Commission is trying to figure out how to get rid of those trucks that drive around town advertising strip clubs.

Some of the trucks are straight up ads, featuring photos of women and advertising the joint. Others have LED screens mounted on the back, with moving images of the women.

For the most part, pretty harmless and not much different from a billboard ad for a perfume, or something.

Yet, they seem to bother enough of the city commissioners that the whole strip club ads on a truck is suddenly a thing now.

Specifically, the city is looking at current codes to see how it could regulate the trucks (i.e. get rid of them altogether.

One woman pulled the ol' how do I explain this to my child thing to make an argument for regulation.

"When is my five-year-old son going to start asking what's going in in there? Because I know it'll happen eventually," said Anya Nicholson as she played with her son near the Clematis fountain.

City commissioner, Kimberly Mitchell, echoed those sentiments.

"I'd like to see what we can do as a city to say, 'what is acceptable and what is not acceptable,' " said Mitchell.

So, earlier this week, Mitchell and the other city commissioners met to figure out a way to stop the ad trucks from driving around the city.

Commissioner Sharon Materlo said the ads make "the city look junky," while parent Anya Nicholson discussed how she was brought up.

"The way I was raised was you don't advertise sex."

Strip club owners have refused to comment on the situation, but some did express concerns over freedom of speech and the right to advertise their business within the confines of the law.

The city will likely be bringing up the topic at a future city commission meeting.

Tax dollars at work, y'all.

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