County ordinance could boot longtime topless bar out of Currituck neighborhood

Posted at 6:18 PM, Feb 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-10 06:06:12-05

Currituck County, NC - A topless bar right next to a neighborhood is something Currituck County residents have been dealing with for decades, but they don't seem to mind.

"It's been here longer than most of those people around here have been," says Currituck County resident Travis Phillips.

Phillips lives in the neighborhood right behind Headlights OBX. He doesn't agree with the Currituck County Government changing an ordinance that will force the bar to move from its current location.

The County has argued for years that the bar should not be allowed in its current zoning district, but have lost that battle multiple times in court. That was until last week when the county commission amended an ordinance saying no "sexually oriented" businesses can operate within 1,500 feet of a home, church, school or public park.

That means Headlights now has a year to move their location. If they don't, they'll have to pay a $500 fine every day.

NewsChannel 3 tried to reach the owner of Headlights, but he was unavailable for comment.