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(A) The city has operated an on- and off-sale municipal liquor store.
(B) The City Council has determined it in the public interest to abolish municipal liquor.
(C) The City Council believes that limiting the number of licensed liquor establishments as an adjustment period after the abolishment of municipal liquor is in the public’s interest.
(D) The City Council wishes to protect the health and safety of youth by furthering the enforcement of the prohibition against sales to underage people.
(E) The City Council desires to protect the public health, safety and welfare generally and to preserve the desirability of its residential neighborhoods and business districts specifically.
(F) The City Council finds it is in the best interests of the public health, safety and general welfare of the people of the city to prohibit nudity on the premises of any establishment licensed under this chapter. This is to protect and assist the owners, operators and employees of the establishment, as well as patrons and the public in general, from harm stemming from the physical immediacy and combination of alcohol, nudity and sex.
(1) The Council especially intends to prevent any subliminal endorsement of sexual harassment or activities likely to lead to the possibility of various criminal conduct, including prostitution, sexual assault and disorderly conduct.
(2) The Council also finds that the prohibition of nudity on the premises of any establishment licensed under this chapter, as set forth in this section, reflects the prevailing community standards of the city.
(G) The city relies on the County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement. The City Council believes that additional licensed liquor establishments, particularly those with on-premises liquor licenses, would be beyond the city’s ability to adequately service.
(H) M.S. § 340A.509, as it may be amended from time to time, authorizes the city to enact local regulations of the sale and possession of alcoholic beverages more restrictive than the regulations set forth in M.S. Chapter 340A, as it may be amended from time to time.
(Ord. 90, passed 7-8-2002)