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Court upholds zoning ordinance in fight with strip club

File photo of gavel. (WLUK/Scott Hurley)

(WLUK) – A state appeals court has ruled in Winnebago County’s favor in a zoning fight with a strip club.

Green Valley Investments, which operates Stars Cabaret in the town of Neenah, had challenged the county’s zoning law. After a case in federal court -- which ruled part of the county’s ordinance invalid -- the legal question remained if the remainder of the county’s ordinance was still valid.

In a 12-page decision issued Wednesday, the Court of Appeals ruled in the county’s favor.

“We affirm as WINNEBAGO ZONING ORDINANCE § 17.13(6), with the permitting process severed, is a valid restraint on the location of adult entertainment establishments in Winnebago County. Green Valley knowingly opened Stars in violation of the valid zoning provisions under § 17.13(6) in 2006, and Green Valley has no vested right to continue its operation of Stars,” the court ruled.

Company attorney Jeff Scott Olson said he's considering appealing to the state Supreme Court.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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