VALLEY BROOK — Town trustees here on Tuesday voted unanimously to allow developers to continue with plans to open an all-nude strip club in the tiny Oklahoma City suburb.
The owners of existing topless bar Little Darlings, the largest club in Valley Brook, are planning to renovate a shopping center and open an all-nude strip establishment in the small town.
There is already signage in place and town leaders, including the police chief, seem to support the addition of the new business.
A small group at Tuesday's meeting expressed concerns about the trustees allowing the club owners to move forward, but they appeared to be outnumbered by supporters.
Town attorney Bob Thompson spoke at length about why an all-nude club would have little impact on Valley Brook. The owner of Little Darlings, along with a small team of lawyers, sat in the audience with several town residents and police officers.
Thompson said dancers at the existing clubs in Valley Brook already “wear the bare minimum” when they perform. He said allowing dancers to go totally nude wouldn't really change too much in the town, which is known in the Oklahoma City area for its high concentration of strip clubs.
“It won't have anymore of an impact — on the people that choose not to go into these places — than it does now,” Thompson said. “Unless you choose to go in there, you're not going to notice the difference.”
Resident speaks out
One Valley Brook resident spoke out against the idea of allowing the new strip club to open.
Jim Watts, a town resident for nearly 40 years, said he was most disgusted that Valley Brook Police Chief Mike Stamp “was behind all of this.”
“I can't believe the cops and the lawyers are in this together,” Watts said at the meeting. “We really don't need this in our town ... I can't believe the chief over there is going along with this.”
Watts said Valley Brook already has “a reputation,” but that most people living in the town are regular, middle class residents. He said allowing an all-nude strip club would worsen Valley Brook's reputation.
“You come here on a Friday and Saturday night and see what they do over there in the parking lots,” Watts said. “Adding this (the all-nude club), it's just going to make it worse for us living here.”
Laws on all-nude clubs
Valley Brook has plenty of strip clubs packed inside its tiny geographic boundaries.
But all-nude strip clubs — anywhere in Oklahoma — are extremely rare. Oklahoma City doesn't even allow such establishments to operate.
In fact, Thompson said, only two all-nude clubs are operating today in Oklahoma: one in Lawton and one in Tulsa.
Most all-nude clubs were put out of business or changed their policies in the late 1980s, when Oklahoma lawmakers made it illegal to serve alcohol in totally nude establishments.
Thompson said the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that all-nude dancing was legal in Oklahoma, describing it as “artistic expression,” but that local regulations have made such establishments scarce in the state.