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It is the purpose of this article to regulate adult establishments or sexually oriented businesses to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of the city and to establish reasonable and uniform regulations to prevent the deleterious effects of such adult establishments. This article has neither the purpose nor effect of imposing a limitation or restriction on the content of any communicative materials or other expressive activities, including sexually oriented materials or activities. Similarly, it is not the intent or effect of this article to restrict or deny access by adults to sexually oriented materials protected by the First Amendment or to deny access by the distributors and exhibitors of sexually oriented entertainment to their intended market. Neither is it the intent nor effect of this article to in any way condone or legitimize the distribution of obscene material or material harmful to minors. The authority for this article is G.S. § 160A-174, G.S. § 160A-194, and G.S. § 160A-181.1.
(Ord. passed 10-5-93; Am. Ord. O-2005-07, passed 3-15-05; Am. Ord. O-2006-07, passed 2-21-06)