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been the best spot to locate one in Destin. A bar, Nighttown, is already in the vicinity and there's a sheriff's substation just around the corner from what is now Lucky's Rotten Apple.

"Do you really want a strip club?" she asked. "People who go to strip clubs are dirty."

The money from which the settlement will be paid comes from $5 million in reserves that Destin Finance Director Bragg Farmer said has accumulated through unspent revenues and expenses since the city was incorporated in 1984.

Her friend Josh Dudgeon wasn't convinced.

"There were enough folks in the community opposed to this to do what we did," he said. "We needed to do a go big or go home kind of thing."

While Krueger said he's no fan of strip clubs, Mountain Drive would probably have Reebok Easytone Price

DESTIN Ground zero in Destin's five year struggle against adult entertainment is a little Mountain Drive sports bar called Lucky's Rotten Apple.

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"We've got worse eye sores," he said. "I think that money could have been better spent."

When the city rejected his application he successfully sued, citing a violation of his right to free expression.

´╗┐Strip club deal divides Destin

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Council members voted 7 0 Monday to settle a federal lawsuit with Trident Operations LLC by paying $1.75 million to purchase a settlement agreement negotiated by Terry Stephenson, a former associate of the Atlanta based company.

Bill, just Bill, doesn't understand what the Destin City Council was thinking when it voted to fork over $2.15 million to a group of Atlanta businessmen to keep them from opening a strip club on Airport Road.

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To Emily Matthews, who would have lived just down Airport Road from The Runway, the city made a sound investment.

The council at the time ultimately worked out a deal that allowed Stephenson to have a strip club, with all the trimmings and alcohol if he could find a location in an area of the city zoned for industrial use.

for the tract of land the club, The Runway adult cabaret, would have occupied.

Wood, who sat on the city council in 2010 and still sits on the dais today, said the council and the community have "gotten smarter" since settling with Stephenson. He was ready this year "to get another bite at the apple on the alcohol issue."

business is ridiculous," Bill said. "Real ridiculous."

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"It was worth it to me," said Kelly Hauesler, one of the leaders of Citizens for a Greater Destin.

"We bought back the alcohol," Destin Councilman Jim Wood told people at the meeting. "That alcohol issue has gone away."

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Destin resident Tim Krueger blames the 2010 city council for forcing the hand of those sitting on the board in 2014.

Shortly after the settlement was reached, Stephenson was shot and killed outside a strip bar he owned in Atlanta.

The $2.15 million settlement roughly places the cost of the buyout at just under $175 for each of Destin's 12,305 residents.

The daytime patrons there can be kinda prickly, but they keep up with things, and they don't appear short on opinions.

Krueger said the 2010 council was "more worried about people sliding down the sand on Norriego Point on a boogie board" Reebok Gray Running Shoes than they were with the potential repercussions of the Stephenson settlement.

"This council probably did what they had to do. I'm not nearly as upset with them as I am with the people who OKed the settlement in 2010," he said. "That was a boneheaded decision."

By buying the settlement agreement, the Destin council freed itself from its obligations to Stephenson, and can rely in the future on its sexually oriented business ordinance, which prevents alcoholic beverages being served at strip clubs.

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Like any opinion, Bill's isn't universally shared, and in Destin a healthy portion of the population, including church groups and an organization created specifically to fight a strip club's arrival, cheered the council move.

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Destin's reserve fund balance is higher than the 15 to 20 percent of annual budget most cities try to keep because of its location on the hurricane prone coast, Farmer said.

His secretive Trident associates, though, eventually found and bought industrial zoned land at 908 Airport Road. And in January 2013 word got out about plans to open The Runway.

The saga began in 2009 when Stephenson moved to turn the bar where the Rotten Apple is now then called the Oasis into a topless joint.

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