Dollar bill dispensers, ATMs, a stage with a pole, a bar with high end liquor and a DJ booth with speakers â€“ these will be, ahem, coming to Milwaukeeâ€™s City Hall soon thanks to a settlement reached with Silk Exotic Tuesday.
In addition, Milwaukee will see itâ€™s first mobile strip clubs running along the proposed streetcar line during spring and summer months.
This frantic activity is the result of the recommendation by City Attorney Grant Langley that the city cut its losses in the settlement of a lawsuit with Silk Exotic, which runs strip clubs in Milwaukee, Juneau and Madison. Silk sued the city over the action to deny operators a license to open a Downtown club and a jury awarded the club $12.3 million in damages and another $22 million in punitive damages to the aldermen, whom the jury described as "blue noses, anti-entertainment prudes."
Langley, who represented the Common Council in the lawsuit in federal court, told alderman that the chance of prevailing on appeal was not a good one and that they should try to settle.
"When we looked at that money we figured we should find a way to protect taxpayers, and this is what we came up with," said Ald. Joe Dudzik.
Jon Ferraro, the Silk owner who has fought city hall for years over a license, said he was exhausted from the fight and couldnâ€™t talk about his plans right now.
But his attorney, Jeffrey Olson, said he expected Milwaukee to really take notice of the new development.
"I think the city hall club will be the first one in the nation," Olson said. "We think the club will be huge during the day as well as during cocktail hour. Can you imagine the line of people to get in on the days they line up to pay property taxes? Itâ€™s going to be incredible."
According to the settlement agreement, the club can build a stage in the atrium of the building and place speakers throughout the first floor. There are no limits on the decibel level.
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