TRIANA, Ala. (WHNT) – After weeks of petitioning and protesting, it was a victory for concerned Triana residents Tuesday evening.
Town Council members voted unanimously to deny a liquor license to a Birmingham strip club owner, who was interested in building a strip club across the road from a suburban neighborhood.
“We’re just really proud of the town, how it has rallied together,” said resident Caroline Kaufman.
Matthew Perr agreed wholeheartedly with the decision, “We helped say we are still a community who has the upstanding values.”
The council denied the application because it was incomplete. A legal consultant found the business listed on the applicatoin, Uptowner, LLC, was not registered with the state. The applicant also responded “to be determined” where asked who would be responsible for the management and operation of the business.
The strip club owners also failed to meet a requirement that specifies there must already be a standing building when the application is filed.
While technically the developers could still build on that land and reapply for a business & liquor licenses, it would most likely be denied on other grounds.
Legal barriers aside, residents would be ready to make their voices heard once again.
“They’ll know way before they even apply for a new license that this town is ready to fight,” assured Kaufman.
Alternate routes could be explored to prevent similar businesses from considering Triana in the future. Mayor Mary Caudle says the board could consider an ordinance that would ban adult entertainment businesses from the town altogether.