CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) – Headlights OBX, along Route 158 in Point Harbor, could be forced to move after a change in county law.
A unanimous vote by the board of commissioners this month decided sexually oriented businesses cannot be located within 1,500 feet of a residential zoning district, religious institution, school, licensed daycare center, public library or public park.
Headlights OBX appears to be in violation of the change in law because of its proximity to homes in the area. Nearby business owner Nick Kiousis said he’s had concerns about the business for years.
“I’ve spoken to some commissioners about it. I’ve spoken to people in the building permitting department at the county level just to see where we were with it,” Kiousis said.
He said the nightclub isn’t a good fit for the community.
“It’s a free market economy. I don’t mind that the guy is running this kind of a business, but I feel like it’s not the proper venue for it. It’s not the proper place for it,” Kiousis said.
Travis Phillips has lived in the area more than a decade and said he doesn’t support the change in ordinance.
“That’s what you wanted to do with your evening, you should be able to do it. That place has been here a lot longer than most of these places have, so, I mean, let the business be a business,” Phillips said.
Court records show ongoing legal disputes between the county and the ownership of the club, which was formerly called Mermaids.
The ordinance said an existing sexually oriented business would have until January 2016 to comply with the change in law.
WAVY News was unable to reach the owner of Headlights OBX for comment and the nightclub was closed Monday. An attorney representing the nightclub declined to comment.
Members of the local board of commissioners did not want to comment or could not be reached. A staff member said the county attorney was out of the office Monday.