- Published on Saturday, 03 March 2012 22:23
- Written by Bryan Boukari
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Doing business as Lion’s Den Adult Boutique, Alachua Retail 51, LLC sought to have the commission overturn a June 2011 decision by City Manager Traci Cain in which she denied a the company’s application for a Certificate of Land Development Regulations (LDR) Compliance. During a Board of Adjustments hearing commissioners denied the company’s appeal, which aims to open a sexually-related business near the intersection of Interstate 75 and U.S. High 441 in the former Western Teepee building and Scultura.
Cain denied the certificate on the grounds that it failed to comply with Alachua’s Gateway Center ordinance, which the adult novelty retailer argues was only enacted to prevent their store from opening.
In a commission workshop scheduled after the Board of Adjustments hearing, company officials pitched a redesigned storefront to city officials in hopes of gaining approval. Jeff Braswell, an attorney representing Lion’s Den, said the new store concept would be a way for both his client and the City of Alachua to avoid a potentially costly legal battle.
Among the changes being proposed as a set of conditions are, that in lieu of Lion’s Den, the front 25 percent of the store would be rebranded as M Passion, a newer concept used by the company.
Braswell likened the M Passion business model to that of Victoria Secret, featuring lingerie. He called it a couple’s store adding, “We like to say, ‘they sell romance.’”
Though the redesigned concept would tone down the overt sexual nature of the store, the rear portion of it would still feature items typically found in an adult novelty store. The two sections would be separated by a clerk’s counter and other visual distractions that company officials said would block exposure to more sexually explicit material.
Lion’s Den Vice President Michael Ulery said his company doesn’t “sell a lot of materials that are more controversial.”
In addition to a rebranded front end to the store, Lion’s Den officials propose landscaping and building upgrades to make the building more attractive.
“I can’t think of any business other than this that would be willing to invest this much money into the exterior and into the landscaping,” Braswell said.
No one under the age of 18 would be permitted in the store, no in-store viewing of materials would be permitted and there wouldn’t be any viewing booths. The store would be under 24-hour surveillance and about 1,000 square feet of the building would only be available for storage space as a way to meet required building to parking ratios.
Commissioners did not comment on the proposal during the workshop. The company has already filed suit against the City as a result of the earlier denial. That lawsuit would presumably be settled were commissioners to reach an agreement with company officials on allowing some variation of the adult novelty store.Add a comment Add a comment
- Published on Saturday, 25 February 2012 15:06
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All citizens in Levy County and Alachua County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active between Bronson and Archer areas north of SR 24 in Levy County and Alachua County. Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert.
The rabies alert is for 60 days. The center of the rabies alert is in the University Oaks area and includes the following area boundaries in Levy and Alachua County:
- North of SR 24
- East of SR 337 (NE 80th Ave)
- South of SW 119th Avenue (Alachua County)
- West of NE 130th Avenue
An animal with rabies could infect other wild animals or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes. Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure, will protect an exposed person from the disease.
The following advice is issued:
- All pets should have current rabies immunizations.
- Secure outside garbage in covered containers to avoid attracting wild animals.
- Do not leave pet food outside. This also attracts other animals.
- For questions regarding the health of an animal, contact a veterinarian.
- Veterinarian staff and animal control staff should be alert for animals encountered with signs suspicious for rabies and use appropriate precautions, especially when working with unvaccinated animals.
- Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the local County Health Department.
- Rabies is preventable when treatment is provided in a timely manner.
- Avoid contact with all wildlife, especially raccoons, bats, and foxes.
- No animal is too young to have rabies.
- For general questions pertaining to animals, contact the Levy County Animal Services at 352-486-5138 or the Alachua County Animal Services at 352-264-6880.
For further information on rabies, go to the Florida Department of Health website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/medicine/rabies/rabies-index.html, or contact Levy County Health Department, Environmental Health office at 352-486-5301, or the Alachua County Health Department, Environmental Health office at 352-334-7930.Add a comment Add a comment
- Published on Sunday, 19 February 2012 14:54
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Bradley, 71, of Gainesville, has been the pastor of Kingdom Life Ministries since 2005. He previously was an agency owner with Allstate Insurance Company from 1978 to 2000. He has served on the Santa Fe College Board of Trustees since 1998 and the Santa Fe College Endowment Board since 1999. He is also a past member of the Gainesville Housing Authority Board and the Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. Bradley served in the United States Air Force from 1964 to 1968 and received a bachelor’s degree from Bethune-Cookman College.
Bradley will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Rodney Long and will serve until November 19, 2012.Add a comment Add a comment
- Published on Monday, 20 February 2012 13:48
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ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Youth Fair and Livestock Show Association is pleased to announce the upcoming Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show. The event runs March 2-6, 2012 at the Alachua County Fairgrounds located at 3100 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville. Alachua County 4-H and FFA youth ranging in age from 8 to 18 can participate. The event is free.
The Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show Association is a non-profit organization that conducts and operates public fairs and expositions pertaining to agricultural matters and more particularly to the exhibitions of livestock, poultry, crafts, youth projects, and farm products. The fair is an educational platform for the youth in Alachua County who are interested in agriculture.
"The youth fair benefits agriculture and the local community by providing an educational opportunity for youth to learn about production agriculture," said Cindy Sanders, Alachua County Cooperative Extension Director/IFAS. "Working with livestock and other agriculture events through the Youth Fair prepares future citizens of Alachua County to be knowledgeable about agriculture production and land use." Sanders continued saying, "This benefits Alachua County by providing citizens who are familiar with this important segment of the county's economy. I encourage folks to come out and support our 4-H & FFA youth."
For more information, contact the Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office at 352-955-2402.Add a comment Add a comment
- Published on Saturday, 04 February 2012 15:44
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Sixteen dogs were awarded their certification to serve as therapy dogs for hospice patients.
HIGH SPRINGS – On Jan. 28, Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog International Evaluator Brenda Sheldon and Laurie Snell, her assistant, came to Hospice of the Nature Coast’s facility in High Springs to put therapy-dog hopefuls and owners through their paces. The goal was to determine whether each dog had the temperament, training, personality and qualifications to serve as a therapy dog and visit hospice patients to lift their spirits.
After more than two hours of planned exercises, casual observation and individual testing, 16 dogs passed the certification requirements and are eligible to register with both the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program and Therapy Dogs International.
Most of the dogs and owners who successfully completed certification will now volunteer with Hospice of the Nature Coast.Add a comment Add a comment