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Published April 17, 2012, 09:35 PM

Fantasy's Owners Vow Legal Action After Council Passes Ordinance

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Just a day after the Grand Forks City Council voted to enact a new ordinance licensing and restricting sexually-oriented businesses, owners of the adult store Fantasy's are speaking out.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Just a day after the Grand Forks City Council voted to enact a new ordinance licensing and restricting sexually-oriented businesses, owners of the adult store Fantasy's are speaking out.

Owners Jim and Kim Patterson were planning to open their store on N. Washington St., but this new law will stop them from opening in that location.

They say their next step will be taking the case to Federal Court. The Pattersons say they have a five-year lease at 418 N. Washington St. that they signed after getting the city's OK back in January.

"This is a personal attack against us," Jim Patterson said Tuesday afternoon in an interview on the Jay Thomas Show. "They carved out Romantix, they grandfathered them in."

The Pattersons say they want to open a different business at the location, one that would comply with the city's new ordinance. But they still cannot get a building permit.

"They wanted me to put in writing every product that I would ever sell in that business, which is humanly impossible to do because products change constantly," Patterson said.

"If the city of Grand Forks won't even give us anything in writing saying that they will not issue a building permit to us, it doesn't matter what business, how are we going to get out of that lease?" Kim Patterson said.

The two spoke on WDAY 970 AM Tuesday afternoon. They say the rent for their five-year lease is just under $2,000 each month and then the price goes up after the second year.

They say their proposal for a different store that will not sell adult products puts them in compliance with all city laws. The city's decision to deny them a building permit on Tuesday leaves them with just one choice.

"We have no choice but to take this to court," Jim Patterson said. "We're going to take it to Federal Court and we're going to sue for all our legal fees and all of our expenses."

Kim Patterson says she submitted pictures of the Fargo store and a list of all products to the city's planning and zoning department back in January.

At that time, there was no restriction on sexually-oriented businesses.

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