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Redner in battle for Brandon club

Fresh from his battles against The Last Temptation of Christ, smutty bumper stickers, contraceptive education in schools and the sale of Playboy in convenience stores, David E. Caton starts waging a new war today: to keep Joe Redner, king of nude dancing, out of Brandon. Caton, director of the American Family Association of Florida, is scheduled to appear before the Hillsborough County Commission at 1:30 p.m. today to suggest that the county adopt a new adult entertainment ordinance.

"The bottom line is to show the county commissioners viable alternatives to protect society from the criminal patterns invoked by these types of businesses," Caton said.

Redner, who called Caton "a religious fanatic who doesn't care whether what he's doing is right or wrong," said he would go to the meeting to see what happens.

But the ordinance Caton is suggesting probably would not do anything to stop Redner, who plans to open the Mons II in the former Sun Bank building on State Road 60 in Brandon by March 1.

The ordinance calls for revocation of the occupational license of anyone who commits a felony or first-degree misdemeanor in connection with his business. Redner has been arrested plenty of times, but he has never been convicted of a felony or first-degree misdemeanor in connection with his nude dancing businesses, said Tampa Assistant City Attorney Mike Larrinaga.

Redner's only felony conviction was for cocaine possession at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in 1983.

Redner's zoning problems in Tampa, in which he was convicted of having a nude dancing club within 500 feet of a residential area, amount only to a second-degree misdemeanor, Larrinaga said.

Anyway, Hillsborough County already has an occupational licensing ordinance that allows commissioners to revoke licenses if the holder commits a felony or first-degree misdemeanor in connection with his business, said Assistant County Attorney Vincent Marchetti.

But Hillsborough Commissioner Jim Selvey, whose district includes Brandon, put Caton on the agenda in hopes of hearing the available options.

Redner is involved with the SeaWolf restaurant in Homosassa Springs. He once had plans to open a nude dancing club in Citrus but said last week that he has dropped those plans.