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Mayor Says 'Red Light District' Sign Erected Without Permission

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SALISBURY, Md.- Mayor Jim Ireton says new signs were put up at a Salisbury business without the permission of the city. "Red Light District Romantic Superstore" signs were put up on Monday night and city officials said that each day the signs remain up, the owners will be fined.

The fine for violating the city code is $250 for the first day and $500 each day after that.

"There is a permitting process in the city to put up signs.  Everybody else has to follow it.  These shysters don't think they have to and we are off and running now," Ireton said.

The owners of the business applied for a sign that read "Red Light District" for the store back in July.  The mayor said the city reached out to the owners on three separate occasions for information about the business and all three requests have gone unanswered.  As a result, the sign has gone unapproved.

"This business basically told the city, 'We really don't care what your laws are, we really don't care what it is we are supposed to do, we don't care what it is we have to prove to you about the use of this building.  We are going to do what we want and we will just end up taking you to court,' and they think that they'll win," Ireton said.

The city is also still trying to determine whether the business can be considered an adult retail store.  In the past, the owners told WBOC that the store was for lingerie and would be like any other retail store in Salisbury. 

When asked for comment on two occasions on Tuesday, the owners refused to allow reporters into the store and told them no comment would be made. 

The determination about the adult retail store issue must be made because in the city of Salisbury, an adult retail store may not be within 1,000 feet of homes or a church and the "Red Light District Romantic Superstore" would be too close to both.

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