License to open Wantagh cabaret denied

Christy Aceto of Wantagh protests outside the site

Christy Aceto of Wantagh protests outside the site of the proposed "Billy Dean's Cabaret." (March 27, 2011) (Credit: Kevin P Coughlin)

The Hempstead Town Board of Appeals has denied the cabaret license for the Wantagh site where strip club owner Billy Dean wanted to open a cabaret.

The board's decision to deny the application of Green 2009 Inc., commonly referred to as Billy Dean's, came Wednesday, three months after the matter was discussed. The decision permanently rescinds the approval of a cabaret license for the property at 3500 Sunrise Hwy., just feet from Wantagh homes.

A cabaret permit would have allowed Dean to open a cabaret, but not topless, bottomless or nude entertainment.

"Councilwoman Angie Cullin and I are delighted that the Board of Appeals listened to the concerns of neighbors in this case," Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement. She is not on the independent Board of Appeals. "A cabaret with live entertainment would not be harmonious with the surrounding residential neighborhood."

Some residents feared the owner of Billy Dean's Showtime Cafe in Bellmore, which bills itself as "Long Island's Number 1 Strip Club," would create the same in Wantagh. Residents said a club would damage the area's character and quality of life, and increase traffic and parking problems.

"I can't tell you how happy I am," Kevin Milano, of Wantagh, who organized protests outside the proposed cabaret, said in a statement.

William S. Cohn, a lawyer for Dean, has said if the board denied the application he would file an appeal to the Supreme Court of Nassau County to overturn the denial and direct the prior decision to be reinstated.

The board originally decided in June 2010 to approve the application.

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