Las Vegas Introduces Proposal to Curb Street Performers Amid Tourism Fears
If you build it, they will come. That's certainly the case along Las Vegas' Fremont Street, where a growing population of street performers, including some equipped solely with provocative costumes and tip jars, have led concerned city officials to push for restrictions.
Those officials fear the crowded street of entertainers and characters is turning off tourists to Sin City.
The Associated Press reported Las Vegas officials proposed an ordinance Wednesday that would require performers to register with the city and would also create dedicated spaces for them to use between 3 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Specifically, the ordinance proposes designating 27 to 38 spaces that measure approximately six feet in diameter. What's more, each of the spaces would be located 40 feet apart and performers would have to rotate after spending a maximum of two hours at one space.
"They [tourists] don't expect to see women dressed as nuns with their breasts flying everywhere" and just their naughtiest parts covered, or an overweight middle-aged man wearing skimpy underwear on Fremont Street," said Councilman Bob Coffin via the AP. "There's a place for this stuff, and it's not on the tourist thoroughfare where children could be around."
Currently, performers in Las Vegas are required to remain at least 20 feet from building entrances and 10 feet from outdoor dining areas, per the AP.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada's Tod Story told the AP that the proposed restrictions were "inclusive rather than exclusionary," and that they create much-needed order instead of preventing expression.
The ordinance is expected to be introduced next week and could potentially reach the full City Council by Sept. 2, the AP reported.
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