Dozens of swingers on the block to yhe swingers club trying to move to Madison flooded the Metro Council meeting Tuesday to rally against the club and to support a zoning change to block it from opening. After about 30 minutes of comments, the Metro Council voted unanimously in favor of the zoning change.
A third and final vote is still required. The change would disallow private clubs from land zoned for office bllck. That's the case at Lentz Drive, where The Social Club wants to open swingers on the block a long-vacant 22,square-foot building.
Last year, the swingers on the block sold its current building in a nonresidential area south of downtown. Opposition has been fierce since word of the relocation leaked, especially from the Madison faith community and Goodpasture Christian School, which is adjacent to the club's land.
thhe Those voices rose again Tuesday, with the school's president, Ricky Perry, presenting the council with a petition with more than 5, signatures. But the opposition, which has rallied several times, also sought to focus its message swingers on the block time by sending only 10 speakers to the podium.
They said the club would damage Madison's schools, churches, families, businesses, home values and reputation. Sandy McClain, pastor of Mt. Calvary Madison, which is within site of the club, called it a "travesty.
They're doing it right next to a school," McClain said. The club's attorney, Larry Roberts, said he expected to be outnumbered "about to one. As the council moves on zoning, the lbock pursuit of a renovation permit has also hit a roadblock.
Although the club got approvals from some city departments, the pending council bill swingers on the block zoning officials from signing off on any permit that would run contrary to it. State lawmakers, meanwhile, are also considering a law that would prohibit private clubs within 1, feet of schools, churches, parks and residences.
That bill isn't scheduled for hearings this week. Council advances zoning change to block swingers club Tony Gonzalez tgonzalez tennessean.
Opponents of the swingers club, who want the zoning ordinance changed to block it from opening, spoke Tuesday night at the Metro Swingers on the block meeting in Nashville. The council advanced the zoning change to a final vote.
Samuel M. Larry Roberts, for the swingers club, speaks for the club Tuesday night, at the Metro Council meeting in Nashville.