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Ocean Springs: Hiatus on adult businesses

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen has issued a six-month moratorium on the development of sexually oriented businesses in the city.

A zoning ordinance permitting the businesses to operate in I-2 industrial districts was not approved on Tuesday.

The Sun Herald reports the board heard from two residents, who spoke against permitting sexually oriented businesses in I-2 districts and in the city entirely.

In July, city officials passed an ordinance to regulate those businesses. The ordinance requires owners to be licensed and undergo background checks.

It also prohibits alcohol consumption on the grounds of sexually oriented businesses and prohibits the businesses from developing within 300 feet of schools, homes, public parks, day-care centers and places of worship.

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