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Red Light District Fines Piling up for a Month

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SALISBURY, Md.- The fines against a controversial Salisbury store have been piling up for a month.  The city of Salisbury has been fining the owners of the "Red Light District" since Aug. 12 and the total in fines is now just under $16,000.

While the fines continue to rack up because of signs the city says were put up without a permit, the city is still working to determine whether the business can be considered an adult retail store.  With everything creating a bit of controversy, some are not buying into the hype. 

David Elzey of Salisbury lives just a few blocks from the store and does not see a problem.

"It's not bothering me.  I haven't even noticed it is there.  When I drive down the highway, I don't look over there at it.  As far as I am concerned, it hasn't fazed me one bit," said Elzey.

And Elzey is not alone.  A few neighbors told WBOC off camera on Thursday that they believe the store should be left alone to operate like any other business in the city.  However, others don't share that sentiment. Craig Wilson is an elder at the nearby Cathedral of Love Church and having the store operating for a month has not changed his point of view.

"This side of town is becoming more of a family community.  We've done a lot of work.  Our pastor, Rev. Dr. Annette P. Wilson, has done a lot of work with other churches in the area to improve the stigma that is on this community so we don't need a business like this that is, number one, not community friendly to the things we are doing here," said Wilson.

Wilson said that he does not necessarily want to see the business shut down, just relocated to a different section of the city. And the elder said there are plans in the works to ensure the church's stance on the store is known.

"We plan to get the involvement of the community. We plan to pray against it.  We plan to make our position very public as they have made their position very public that they want to be here, we are going to make our position public that this is not the type of business we want in our community."

During two outdoor services this weekend, the Cathedral of Love will look to garner public support in their opposition to the Red Light District.    

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