Grayson Co. officials taking steps to control potential sexually-oriented businesses

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

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.

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  • by christy Location: toy's are great on Feb 20, 2008 at 11:02 PM
    so just how does all the DO GOODERS AND SISTER BETTER THAT YOU' know what is sold in these stores unless they have been going to them in someother town. maybe they should go buy some "TOYS" and just see how much fun they could have. maybe they don't want their neighbors seeing them going in there. as for the $1000 fee who is going to get that money no body seems to be able to answer that question. i'll bet it will go to the county as they are already screwing everyone as it is. they are so stupid to think that this town is to good for another store like this. they have no idea about the amount of money could be generated to the county. maybe more businesses will close down and move to areas that doesn't stick the neck in what goes on in others bedrooms. until you try it don't know it.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Feb 19, 2008 at 02:33 PM
    Bravo to KXII for letting the people speak! Even if we have a few idiots in the group - we love them too.
  • by Tunnel of Love Location: Sherman on Feb 19, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    Next they will go after the surgeons that put in those huge breast implants. After all those are intended for sexual orientated pleasure.
  • by Sean on Feb 18, 2008 at 10:48 PM
    Funny stuff!!!!good to see the taxpayers stepping up and sounding off.The county belongs to the tax payers not the elected officials,who have thier own agenda!!!
  • by dave Location: sherman on Feb 18, 2008 at 09:09 AM
    hey denison could sure use some new businesses give them all the strip joints and sex shops!!!!!
  • by Michelle Location: Denison on Feb 18, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    Grayson County leaders......why don't you try harder to go after the drug and gun dealers instead of worrying about how an adult business will affect our cities? Better yet, why don't you actually consider fines for trashy houses and people that leave their Christmas lights up all year round? I WOULD like to see a cleaner more presentable town myself. I remember when male dancers were supposed to appear at a local bar about 12 years ago.......seems you stopped that from happening pretty quickly but you can't make anything else happen that fast! What about parking on the lawns??? HMMMM? Seems since that ordinance was passed there has been more and more parking their junk and TRAILERS in their yards!
  • by Wife & Mother on Feb 18, 2008 at 05:05 AM
    Why does it seem like it's mostly guys who are angry about the idea of laws to keep sexually-oriented businesses away (they'll probably sell mostly hardcore porn movies and magazines... not just "sex toys", that's only the excuse y'all are using to make it sound more innocent). I'll be glad for anything Grayson County does to keep trashy places like this out of our county. Porn destroys marriages and families! I like FryTheGuy's idea to take pics of all the disgusting creeps going in & out of these stores, and post them all over the web, and send pics to their wives as well.
  • by bill on Feb 18, 2008 at 04:56 AM
    just anouther way for our dumb leaders to drive money out of our town hey start charging extra if the place has more then two windows that would work then maybe they can pack up and get out like everone is doing in denison
  • by bible belt on Feb 18, 2008 at 04:52 AM
    o i forgot you church people dont do things like, s e x ther aint anything wrong with it, and you have to be 18 to go in, so whats the prob just becase you dont like it dont mean they should shut them down i dont like star bucks but i dont think they shouls close them.
  • by J.D. Location: Sherman on Feb 17, 2008 at 10:03 PM
    To Keith Gary & the county "leaders": I does not matter if you have the will of the "holier than thou" populace watching your back on this particuler matter,If you cross the line & cause a discrimination lawsuit against Grayson county,that thousand dollar fine will end up in the lawyers pocket.So.. You better get your ducks in a row & tie up ANY loose ends before you even consider taking on ACLU. GOT IT BUCKAROO !
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