Just in case it wasn’t already clear, the Fort Worth City Council clarified what constitutes nudity in the city’s sexually-oriented business ordinance tonight.
Council members unanimously approved changes to the city’s SOB ordinance, chiefly designed to clarify that body paints and liquid latex don’t count as adequate body coverings. The issue arose during the summer, when Lewisville made the same changes to its ordinance to respond to “Anything But Clothes” promotions at the restaurant chain Redneck Heaven's Lewisville location. Redneck Heaven has a north Fort Worth location.
The Fort Worth ordinance change says “body paint, body dyes, tattoos, liquid latex, whether wet or dried and other similar substances shall not be considered an opaque covering.”
“We’re not about not having fun, but it’s not unreasonable to expect servers in restaurants to wear clothes,” Councilman Danny Scarth, whose district includes the Fort Worth Redneck Heaven restaurant, said.
Businesses that don’t adhere to the nudity standard could end up falling beneath Fort Worth’s ordinance on sexually oriented businesses, which requires such businesses to have city permits, be in industrial zoning, and ensure that no employees have convictions or spent time in jail or prison for various offenses. Redneck Heaven is not considered a sexually oriented business under the current Fort Worth ordinance.
City officials have said they’ve received no complaints that Redneck Heaven is violating the city’s ordinance.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter