Bars vow to fight WBR Sunday closure
POSTED: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 11:07pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 10:56am
Port Allen, La. (NBC33) — The news out of Thursday's Parish Council meeting in West Baton Rouge was bad for business to John Kirkendoll.
"My client hasn't done anything wrong," said Kirkendoll's attorney, Michael Clegg. "He wants to know, why is he being treated wrong."
The Parish Council certified the vote made by the people last year to close bars in West Baton Rouge at 10 on Sunday nights. As the owner of Crazy Horse Cabaret, Kirkendoll said the move means $30,000 in lost revenues from Sunday night sales.
"I'm hopeful someone on the Council with wisdom will offer some type of amendment and vote for it," Kirkendoll said.
Kirkendoll pushed for an amendment to the law before the Council, trying to spare his business the brunt of the ban.
"So that clubs outside one or two miles outside a residentially-zoned area aren't impacted by the law," said Kirkendoll of his proposal.
In the end, the Parish Council unanimously voted in favor of passing the Sunday ban, with no exemptions. However, some open-minded members of the Council, left the possibility that some type of amendment could be on the horizon.
"We have no choice but to enact the law," said Councilman Barry Hugghins. "But to me it is fundamentally unfair."
Kirkendoll hopes to work out a deal with the Council, but didn't rule out the possibility of legal action if no agreement can be reached.