Zoning board puts kibosh on Pembroke sex shop
The town Zoning Board of Adjustment on Monday upheld a notice of a zoning violation issued in March against a storefront that displayed a scantily clad male mannequin, whips and handcuffs.
Larry Preston, the store owner, had put out a window display with the mannequins and had planned to open the store at 145 Main St. on April 1.
Preston’s attorney, Jim Raymond, said no decision has been made on how to proceed.
“I understand their concerns,” Raymond said, praising the ZBA’s handling of the matter. “As much as we disagreed, I was impressed with the thoroughness of their analysis and thought they conducted a good hearing.”
“He’d prefer to stay in Pembroke,” the attorney said. “That’s where he lives and works. We haven’t explored other options.”
The towns allows live adult entertainment and passive entertainment uses in a portion of a commercial district near Ricker Road and passive adult entertainment also is allowed near Route 106 by special exception, Hodge said.
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