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Tarboro Residents in Battle to Ban Adult Bookstore

Posted February 12, 2008

The new business at 214 Main St. in the historic small town of Tarboro has almost everyone talking – and it hasn't opened yet.

"It's a disgrace," local resident Carlton Adkins said. "Local people don't like it. It shouldn't be here."

Adkins is talking about the Majestic Adult Center, an adult book and video store taking over the old Majestic Theatre. He and other neighboring business owners and longtime residents worry will reflect a negative image on the downtown area.

"It tears down everything people in Tarboro have tried to build up," Adkins said.

He's not alone in his concerns. Town leaders say they have received numerous calls about the bookstore.

"We've had several complaints from citizens,' Tarboro Planning Director Troy Lewis said.

So, town leaders are proposing a new zoning ordinance that would not allow adult establishments within 1,000 feet of day cares, schools, parks, churches and residential areas.

Town leaders expect a public hearing on the proposed zoning ordinance by April. If passed, Majestic would violate many of those rules.

"It would give it 12 months to come into compliance with the new ordinance," Lewis said.

WRAL News tried numerous times to reach the store's owner, Ronnie Wiggins, for comment, but he did not return calls.

"If (the ordinance) is passed, that it would be illegal, that would be great," said Crystal Bulluck, who opposes the business in the downtown area. "We want our city to grow, but not with this kind of growth."

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  • itsnews2me Feb 13, 2008

    "Who is to say that old George Washington would not have stopped in himself if they had porn shops in his day?"

    Hey, maybe that's what he was riding around and lookin' for - an adult bookstore with a decent selection. If Tarboro had had one, maybe the founding father would not only have visited Tarboro, but made it his home!

  • yukonjohn3 Feb 13, 2008

    How do you explain to the kids that Toys written on the window is not something they can play with.

    You tell them these "toys" are big peoples toys. Just like big people cars and other things that adults do that kids are prohibited from doing.

  • yukonjohn3 Feb 13, 2008

    The same part of town Geoerge Washington himself spent the night.

    Who is to say that old George Washington would not have stopped in himself if they had porn shops in his day?

  • iamforjustice Feb 13, 2008

    What harm has an adult bookstore done to anyone?

  • iamforjustice Feb 13, 2008

    With all the attention and hype from the towns people to close it down it is only going to be free advertisement and a lot of publicity from towns people and neighboring towns. If it is not wanted then people just won't go.

  • chfdcpt Feb 13, 2008

    Burlington tried a zoning ordinance like that about 10 years ago, and it got thrown out of court. The court ruled that the ordinance was approved by the city after the business had been allowed to be established, calling it "ex post facto" law.

    If the community does not support the business, lack of business and revenuew will cause it to close down. Just think of the internet adult services...a multi billion dollar a year industry, "but I never look at that stuff". Now I wonder, how many of the local folks "will not look at that stuff"? :)

  • ncguy Feb 13, 2008

    Ok just change the name on the door- everyone will know what it is but it won't say Adult bookstore- just a thought?

  • iamforjustice Feb 13, 2008

    Adult bookstores have been around for many many years. I personally don't go to them and I pass them a lot of times. It never fancies me to stop at one. If you don't like to go there then don't go. This is America and if that is how he wants to make money then let him make his money. What harm do adult bookstores cause? Are you afraid that you may find your son, daughter or may be even preacher there when you go? Let it open and you might be surprised to know who goes there. Bring on the whips and chains!!!!!!!!!!

  • shine Feb 13, 2008

    Maybe on the outskirts of town - but not in Historic Downtown.

  • NCbred77 Feb 13, 2008

    Can't say I blame residents. It is in a Historic District on Main Street downtown Tarboro after all. The same part of town Geoerge Washington himself spent the night. Same street the post office, church, banks and long time businesses is on. Not to mention there is a daycare right around the corner. How do you explain to the kids that Toys written on the window is not something they can play with. From what I gathered the renter told the owner it was going to be "just a book store". The building its in itself is a historic landmark of Tarboro, the old Majestic Theatre built in 1935. Tarboro has done a good job of keeping up that part of town even after it was under water during Hurricane Floyd. Besides if you want that stuff you can go to Rocky Mount or Greenville.

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