Nude nightclub owner Joe Redner agreed Friday to serve six months in jail and pay $1,000 in fines for violating a city law that bans nude nightclubs within 500 feet of a residential area and 1,000 feet of another adult establishment, city officials said. But it's still too early to tell whether he will actually serve time. The plea agreement approved Friday by Hillsborough County Judge Barbara Fleischer postpones the sentence pending his appeal.
If Redner loses his appeal, he will be forced to close down Mons Venus on N Dale Mabry Highway and the 7 Seas on Kennedy Boulevard, said Assistant City Attorney Mike Larrinaga. Redner, who pleaded no contest, also is awaiting the outcome of a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court questioning the constitutionality of the city's adult-use ordinance.