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Published April 08, 2012, 08:34 PM

The battle of opening "Fantasys" in Grand Forks continues

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- A proposed ordinance that would license "sexually oriented" businesses in Grand Forks will face another meeting with the city council tomorrow.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- A proposed ordinance that would license "sexually oriented" businesses in Grand Forks will face another meeting with the city council tomorrow.

If passed, it'd the Fargo-based store "Fantasy's" from opening at its proposed location. Both community and council members have their own thoughts on how the city should move forward.

Grand Forks City Council meetings will continue to draw a crowd, as long as one thing is on the agenda. That proposed ordinance is bringing Winship Elementary School Parents, community members, and even Fantasy's owners to city hall. And each has their own view to share.

Darryl Danielson, Supports Fantasys Store: "It is a freedom issue where no one should be restricted at what they can and can't buy in this town."

Grace McNally, Against Fantasys Store: "Us living that close to the store, it scares me. As they get older they're going to begin to wander, their space will grow from our backyard."

But it isn't just children crossing at the crosswalk that neighborhood residents are speaking out about. Some say their property is at stake.

Bruce Dearden, Against Fantasys Store: "Our property values would go down, the nature of our neighborhood would go down and we would rather not have that happen."

People on both sides of the debate say it won't die down anytime soon. Petitions are still online in support of and against the store.

But Council Member Curt Kreun says he did some homework. And he wants the city council to have enough time to sort through it all.

Curt Kreun: "I've been to the one in Fargo, and I went to the police department in Fargo and got some information. And we'll bring that forward at the committee level."

Kreun gathered years of documents marking each police call to the Fargo business. He compared those with police calls in Grand Forks to Romantix. Another adult store.

But he says gathering another piece of information is important too.

Curt Kreun: "We have a sex offender registry we have to take a look at some of those issues. What's by that particular neighborhood? It is more or less? Do we have issues to worry about if we don't pass an ordinance?"

Monday's Finance Development Committee will be faced with the task of sorting it all out.

A petition asking Fantasy's to move has 478 signatures. Store supporters have 375 signatures for their petition.

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