Kokomo Councilwoman Considers Licensing Adult Entertainers

At least three of the clubs in question are owned by the same person.

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The plan is in its infancy, but it could affect the landscape on the city's near southeast side.

Adult entertainers in Kokomo could be required to obtain a license if a proposal currently in its infancy becomes law.

There are few details on city councilwoman Cindy Sanders’ idea, but Mayor Greg Goodnight says one reality is clear – the city’s image might need some cleansing and licensing strippers could encourage that.

“Anything we can do to improve that image, whether it be investment in parks and thoroughfares and education attainment level and also cleaning up anything that we think tarnishes that image, I’m going to at least hear out,” Goodnight says. “And if you make a good case, we’ll proceed.”

There are at least six gentlemen’s clubs in Kokomo whose employees could be subject to the rule.  WFIU tried for several days to reach more than half of them, but calls seeking comment on the licensing possibility went unreturned.  Goodnight says Sanders is currently researching the tenets of her proposal, but he envisions a plan where the onus is on the entertainers to obtain a license, not on businesses to check to see if their dancers have one.

 Click here to see a map of some of the strip clubs in Kokomo.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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