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Strip club seeks renewal of cabaret permit

Hempstead Town's board of appeals hearing to renew two permits for strip club owner Billy Dean's North Bellmore location has been set for May 23.

Billy Dean's Showtime Cafe in North Bellmore, which bills itself "Long Island's Number 1 Strip Club," is seeking renewal of its cabaret permit and off-street parking variance, both of which expired March 28. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The appeals board first granted the cabaret permit in 1993, then renewed it for five-year periods. If the board approves the renewal applications, it also would determine for how long they would be granted, said board secretary Richard Regina.

A town building department inspector conducted a site visit for safety and compliance purposes on March 14 and forwarded the finding to the board, Regina said.

"It's strange that they would allow him to continue to open for business even though his cabaret license expired," said Kevin Milano, of Wantagh, a vocal opponent of Dean's plans to expand into Wantagh.

Dean and his company, Green 2009 Inc., sued the appeals board in October for denying a cabaret license for a second property in Wantagh, amid strident community opposition. Dean is seeking to overturn the board's action, citing its initial approval of the cabaret application in June 2010, and subsequent denial in August.

The cabaret license would allow Dean to have live music, dancing and entertainment at his planned Mile High Club with a "Las Vegas Style" feel, but not topless or nude entertainment. Residents have said a club would damage the area's quality of life, and increase traffic and parking problems.

As of Friday, the Nassau County Supreme Court had not made a decision.

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