Fort Worth public nudity: No longer in the dye of the beholder

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Just in case it wasn’t clear, the City Council clarified late Tuesday what constitutes nudity in the city’s ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses.

Council members unanimously approved changes chiefly designed to clarify that body paints and liquid latex don’t count as adequate body coverings.

The issue arose this summer when Lewisville changed its ordinance to respond to “Anything But Clothes” promotions at the restaurant chain Redneck Heaven’s Lewisville location. Redneck Heaven has a north Fort Worth location.

The Fort Worth ordinance now says: “Body paint, body dyes, tattoos, liquid latex, whether wet or dried, and other similar substances shall not be considered an opaque covering.”

“We’re not about not having fun, but it’s not unreasonable to expect servers in restaurants to wear clothes,” said Councilman Danny Scarth, whose district includes Redneck Heaven.

Businesses that don’t follow the nudity standard could be designated sexually oriented business, which are more strictly regulated. Such businesses must have special city permits, must be located in industrial zoning, and must ensure that no employees have convictions or have spent time in jail or prison for various offenses.

Redneck Heaven is not considered a sexually oriented business under the current Fort Worth ordinance.

Scott Nishimura, 817-390-7808 Twitter:@jscottnishimura

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