Mike Rose, chief operating officer for The Gold Club, shares a few thoughts on seeking damages from taxpayers, responding to church groups and the secondary effect.
On seeking damages
“We should have been approved a permit and we weren’t. I believe there’s a significant damage case there. And because of that, I’d be willing to go all the way. But we don’t want the damages. Surely in the end if we get them back, yeah we want our damages.”
On hearing from church groups
Rose said he does not think it’s the right of churches to tell business owners what they can and cannot do, as he does not tell them what religion to believe in.
“No one has a right to tell anyone anything. Everyone should be able to live their life, as long as they’re not harming anybody. There’s enough harm going on in the world. Why are we harming each other? Just go to your church, when you get in your doors and within those four walls you can pray to whatever God is yours, and when we get in our doors to operate our businesses, we’re behind our four walls. We don’t bother anybody.”
On the “secondary effect”
As for the secondary effect claim, Rose said major retail chains can have assaults, prostitution and drug deals occur in their parking lots, but it’s the adult industry that catches the rap for secondary effects.
“That’s not fair to say. Anybody can pick on anybody’s business and create a secondary effect. Prostitution, if it goes on, can go on anywhere. It’s our job, as operators, to police that from happening to make sure it doesn’t happen in our business.
“Any business that serves alcohol is going to have some related crime… There’s secondary effects to every business and they’re not singled to these gentleman’s clubs here in the county.”
Rose referenced the May shooting of a bouncer at Broadway at the Beach as a recent, high-profile secondary effect, and said there’s been no known attempt to close the entertainment campus because of that incident. The same, he said, should work for any business.