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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A strip club at the center of a legal dispute with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has closed, ending exotic dancing in the downtown business district.
The Crazy Goat Saloon -- formerly the Dead Goat -- went out of business in December, city records show. No club can take its place because changes in zoning laws ban strip clubs near Temple Square, the headquarters of the Mormon church.
The church sued the city in 2003 to prevent the club's opening. Lawyers argued the club with seminude dancers would pose a public nuisance and interfere with plans for redevelopment of the downtown malls. A 3rd District Court judge rejected those arguments and ruled in the city's favor. Church lawyers appealed the decision to the Utah Supreme Court, but now say the case is moot.
"It's closed, and the Dead Goat has relinquished the (sexually oriented business) license," said Alan Sullivan, an attorney for the church. "So far as we're concerned, the case is over."
City leaders regretted granting club owner Daniel Darger a sexually oriented business license and voted to change city ordinances in 2004. Exotic dancing clubs are now restricted to the city's west-side industrial zones.
The Crazy Goat was the last remaining business in the Arrow Press Square building on West Temple. A brokerage firm spokesman said the building is now under contract for sale.
The location is considered prime downtown real estate, sitting across the street from the Salt Palace convention center and near the Crossroads Plaza mall, which is being demolished to make way for the $1 billion City Creek Center development that will include retail shops, commercial space and housing.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, www.sltrib.com
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