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In our opinion: Clearer signs?
How can it be made more clear to the county commissioners that Kitsap County cannot afford to continue trying to regulate its so-called “sexspresso” stands. The September recommendation by the Kitsap County Planning Commission that the women working in the stands be corralled under the county’s lewd conduct ordinance failed the intellectual test when pressed up against the First Amendment – and the treat of lawsuits.
Now, in lieu of controlling the dress and attitudes of local coffee entrepreneurs, the commissioners seek to regulate bikini barista stands’ signage. Officials seem to find that the nude silhouettes of dancing girls advertising suggestively named coffee stands are not clear enough warnings that the barista may be wearing a g-string and pasties.
County leaders continue with their excuses with 1950’s era fearmongering that an unsuspecting family might mistakenly drive up to a stand, set off the beaten path, and be traumatized by a barista in a g-string and pasties while ordering a triple non-fat mocha half-cafe half-decafe.
County leaders, and the few prudes pressing them to act as morality police, would do well to accept that Bremerton, and the surrounding county area, is the kind of place where some citizens like a little skin with their coffee drinks. Spend that energy on the 2013 budget.
Local leaders love the Navy for its payroll spent in local stores and on local real estate. They get in line for millions of dollars given distributed in of taxes, but quickly shirk the real culture that comes with it when working class shipyard workers and enlisted sailor’s like a little more racy life than those in Poulsbo or Bainbridge might care for.
We implore county commissioners to lead well and simply quit this regulation business before they loose their shirts on it.