The hearing on strip club owner Billy Dean’s lawsuit against the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals for denying a cabaret license for his property in Wantagh has been put on hold.
Wednesday’s hearing in Nassau County Supreme Court in Mineola was adjourned until March 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Dean, who wants to open a cabaret at 3500 Sunrise Hwy. in Wantagh, sued the board over its decision to rescind its earlier ruling granting Dean a cabaret license. The 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.
Dean and his company Green 2009 Inc. sued the appeals board and its seven members in October seeking to overturn the board’s action.
In June 2010, the board approved Dean’s application for the cabaret and construction began on the lot Dean bought for $950,000. After public opposition, the board denied the application in August 2011.
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 bring the same kind of establishment to Wantagh. Residents said such a club would damage the area’s character and quality of life, and increase traffic and parking problems.
The appeals board said the type of business, the owner’s reputation for providing adult entertainment, and the need to protect the area’s character and quality of life led to the board’s decision to override its earlier approval.
Above: Christy Aceto of Wantagh protests outside the site of the proposed "Billy Dean's Cabaret." (March 27, 2011)