GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. – County leaders are doing their best to control any sexually oriented businesses that might come into the county. It is an issue counties across the state are trying to grasp, and leaders here in North Texas feel they have drawn up a good plan to keep them under control.
Sheriff Keith Gary says it is better to be proactive than reactive, especially when it comes to sexually oriented businesses.
Gary says if there is a plan in place before the stores get to the county, then it will be easier to keep them in check.
On Monday, the Grayson County Sheriff's Office will present an order that would regulate and control any sexually oriented business that could come to the unincorporated areas of the county.
Officials say there are currently no businesses that are interested in opening a location in the county, but if one comes along they would have to adhere to certain restrictions, such as staying 1,000 feet away from a church, school, daycare, or residence, and paying a $1,000 fee each month.
Grayson county officials say they took their plan from Smith County, who has had success with keeping businesses in check.
County officials want to emphasize people are free to do what they want. Those that want to open stores just need to follow the rules.
"That’s the right a person has, to put in a business like that. We just want to be sure that it’s regulated. We don’t want it to turn into something where you have other activities on the premises which we would have some control over," Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary says.
The order is scheduled to be presented at the commissioners’ court meeting on Monday. Some commissioners have already expressed their approval for the measure.