Former NFL Player Sues Florida City Over Bikini Bar Ban

January 3, 2016

A former NFL player is suing the city of Jacksonville, Fla., over a law that restricts sexually themed bars.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Laveranues Coles filed the lawsuit Dec. 29 in federal court in Jacksonville. Coles is asking a judge to overturn the city’s rules governing bikini bars and other similar businesses.

The city’s planning commission denied Coles a zoning exception for a restaurant and “dancing establishment.” Coles argues the sexual dancing at the restaurant would be for a consensual audience over the age of 18.

Coles’ suit argues Jacksonville’s rules infringe on his business’s Constitutional right to free expression and asks for $75,000 in damages.

Jacksonville spokeswoman Marsha Oliver says they do not comment on pending lawsuits.

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  • January 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm
    FFA says:
    An agent.... Lovie got canned again. Why? Two years to turn around the worst team in the NFL? Seems he got the O going in the right direction. Draft and FA to fix the D this y... read more
  • January 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm
    FFA says:
    Make him get his health insurance from OfnBama Care....
  • January 7, 2016 at 9:57 am
    Agent says:
    FFA, what if there is a "holding call" or or "illegal use of hands"?
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