The opening of a Hustler Hollywood in Tallahassee has generated some controversy, in part, due to a location that is less than a mile from Sealy Elementary School. However, the City of Tallahassee says the store, which is located at the corner of North Monroe and Lakeshore Drive, meets all zoning regulations.
Hustler Hollywood is a retail chain created by pornography tycoon Larry Flynt. The adult-boutique store sells adult-oriented gifts, apparel, and novelties. The store opened September 13th, and is the company’s 33rd location across the country.
A review of reporting from across the country shows that, despite community opposition, Hustler Hollywood wins most, but not all, of the challenges backed by city governments.
In January of 2017, Hustler Hollywood attempted to expand into the Indianapolis market before being blocked by city officials. City officials cited zoning laws when preventing the adult oriented store from being opened next to a Chuck E. Cheese.
Hustler Hollywood claimed they weren’t an “adult business”, since they configured the layout of the store to avoid the official adult business classification.
A federal appeals court ruled that the City of Indianapolis did not violate the First Amendment rights of the store when the city decided that Hustler Hollywood was an “adult oriented business.”
However, the outcome in Indianapolis is not the norm.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, opponents wanted the city to classify the store as sexually oriented because an ordinance prohibits such businesses from locating within 1,000 feet of schools or religious facilities.
However, the city of Tulsa determined that the store’s sexually oriented display area is 300 square feet, which is less than 10 percent of the 4,000-square-foot store and, therefore, the store was allowed to open.
In Fresno, California the City of Fresno ruled in 2017 that a Hustler Hollywood was not permitted. However, after a federal civil rights lawsuit, a settlement agreement was reached and the store was allowed to open.
In Sacramento, California in 2017 Sacramento County officials told opponents that the government does not have the ability to prevent a Hustler Hollywood from opening.
According to officials, Hustler Hollywood avoided regulatory review because less than 25 percent of the floor space features adult toys.