Doraville, GA, March 20, 2017 – by Trey Benton – The Georgia Supreme Court issued an order Monday giving Doraville a partial victory in a long-term battle with the Oasis Goodtime Emporium located on Peachtree Industrial Blvd., an adult club that serves alcohol as well as nude dancing. That combination, the City argues, is a violation of their Sexually Oriented Business Ordinance (SOB) and alcohol code.
Oasis claims their entertainment format does comply with Doraville’s ordinance, a club that some describe as “a mainstream performance venue which regularly featured performances with serious literary, scientific, political or artistic value – a class of establishments which Doraville’s Code of Ordinances specifically exempts from the ban on alcohol and nudity.”
In an effort to put some distance between the stereotypical “strip club” classification, the “performances” at the Oasis are “overseen” by Artistic Director and Former State Legislator and Trump Delegate Jill Chambers.
In an AJC piece by Bill Torpy, Chambers is quoted as saying the dancers are actually professional dancers, not strippers. And, the performances are “like a Vegas show”…”showcasing the beauty of the human form.”
But the State’s High Court concurred with a DeKalb Superior Court interlocutory injunction that prohibits Oasis from “engaging in the conduct that violates the SOB and alcohol ordinances, finding that ‘uncontroverted evidence demonstrates that Oasis continues to be an adult cabaret as defined in the SOB code’ and continues to sell alcohol without a Doraville alcohol license.”
The DeKalb Court also ruled that the City had a substantial likelihood of succeeding in court on the merits of the case, and the interlocutory injunction would “serve the public interest.”
The Georgia Supreme Court, affirmed the DeKalb Superior Courts pre-trial injunction after an appeal to them from the Oasis’ legal team.
Attorney Scott Bergthold, the same attorney the City of Brookhaven used successfully in its battle with the Pink Pony, is handling the case for Doraville.
The case now heads back to DeKalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson.