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Fines Not Stopping 'Red Light District'

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SALISBURY, Md.- The owners of "Red Light District," a new business on Route 13 in Salisbury, put up new signs on the store last Monday and have been fined by the city ever since.  Despite those fines, the store remains open and the mayor says the fines are not being paid.

It was on July 17 when the city received an application for a "Red Light District" sign on a new business.  The sign was never granted because Mayor Jim Ireton said the city is waiting for various pieces of information from the owners of the new store.  The mayor had requested projected sales, accounting information and a detailed inventory of the store's merchandise.  All of it requested to ensure the store meets the requirements to not be considered an adult retail store. Ireton said the owners have not sent the city anything but the signs have gone up.

"It's to a point of disbelief at this point that you can continue to just do these things and there isn't some legal way to shut you down.  We are still exploring that with the city attorney, trying to find out if there is some way through the health, safety and welfare of our citizens if my office can do something or the city attorney can do something," Ireton said.

Just a few hundred feet from the "Red Light District" is Reeven's Auto Service, which is owned by Reeven Getrouw.  Getrouw said that he went through all of the proper steps for his business and his signs and thinks everyone should have to do the same.

"It is frustrating.  I hate to see this, that somebody putting up a sign without actually having a permit.  Somebody that has a sign has to get a permit and its actually frustrating. It's not fair," Getrouw said.

The owners of "Red Light District" were not available for comment and WBOC's phone calls went unreturned.  The mayor said despite the fine of $500 a day for the signs, the owners have not paid any of it.

"We follow rules, civil discourse. We make sure we are following the codes, making sure our grass is cut, making sure our shutters are on our house, making sure the grass isn't in our sidewalks and then you see these shysters who just blatantly don't care," Ireton said.

Ireton said he expects the conflict to end up in court before a resolution is reached.

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