News 12 at 6 o'clock, June 16, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Alberta Foreman calls Augusta home. She's been following the X-mart back and forth since it all began more than 3 years ago, and she's fed up.
"They gone go out and buy it anyway regardless of if it's there or not," said Alberta.
Alberta says why not cash in on the tax dollars locally. "They wanna buy it...let em buy it," said Alberta.
X-mart lawyers will go before the Augusta commission Tuesday with a similar request. "Let us open," said William Sussman who is an attorney for the adult store.
License and Inspection recently denied X-mart's business license request. They said the store was too close to a city gateway. X-mart is appealing that call.
"Adult entertainment is going to occur at some point in this community. I think we all understand that. When it does it needs to conform to the rules and regulations," said commissioner Jerry Brigham.
X-mart is at a crossroads with the city nor the store willing to budge. "If you go out there to this gateway corridor that they're so proud to proclaim you'll see that our building is really the nicest building in the area," said Sussman.
Store owners invested money in a new roof. It's a sign they're in this thing for the long haul.
"Long as it takes when Augusta decides to pull itself in line with every other major city in the world," said Sussman.
Meanwhile, the legal battle continues to cost you thousands. "Maybe they're wrong, and we're right...you never think of that," questioned Commissioner Brigham.
But folks like Alberta don't seem to be concerned with rights and wrong. "If I work seven days a week...I pay my bills...if I got money left over...I want to spend it like I want to spend it," said Alberta.
There is still a federal lawsuit pending that would cost the city millions of dollars. The store wants back-pay for the past several years.