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Country-western bar to replace adult club, owner says

The owner says she will change Teasers on U.S. 19 in Hudson from an adult dance club to Stetsons Country Saloon.

A stretch of U.S. 19 that some call Sin City just got a touch tamer.

Teasers club at 16406 U.S. 19 _ a recent target of raids by Pasco vice detectives, like its adult business brethren on the same road _ shut its doors last week.

Lap dancing is out. Line dancing is in.

Later this month or early in September, owner Kimberly George hopes to reopen the site as Stetsons Country Saloon, with hand-painted horses on the walls, live country music bands, and line-dancing lessons four days a week.

George declined to discuss what prompted the decision, except to say "It was a business move" and for the good of the community.

"I'm not (speaking) or anything in regard to Teasers," she said. "That's the past, and I'm moving on to the future. So there will be no comments."

Teasers was one of several adult businesses flanking a stretch of U.S. 19 in Hudson that critics called a blight on the neighborhood and that Pasco County Sheriff's Office detectives regularly raided. Most recently, three Teasers dancers were arrested in July on misdemeanor counts of lewd conduct.

County commission candidate Jack Armstrong, a sergeant in the Sheriff's Office, has made scaling back Pasco's adult businesses part of his platform, contending they attract "secondary crime" such as prostitution and drug use.

On Friday, Armstrong cheered the demise of Teasers.

"Hopefully Hudson won't be labeled the red light district much longer," he said. "There's no real need for that in this county."

Also quietly rejoicing were LaVaughn Kellogg and her husband, Patrick, Hudson residents who have decried the proliferation of local adult businesses.

"It's turning Hudson into Sin City," she said. "It's one less of these places."

"It's great _ one less B-girl joint," said her husband. "That's a girl that sits around and has drinks bought for her." He added: "I would like to learn to line dance."

George said she closed Teasers last Tuesday. In the new country bar, she plans to install dartboards, pool tables and TVs and serve drinks with finger foods.

On the walls will be cowboy icons John Wayne and Steve McQueen, along with country bric-a-brac from her Tampa horse barn _ saddles, spurs, wagon wheels, old cowboy hats.

"I have a family," George said. "I'm doing this for the community." For a real, full-fledged country bar with line-dancing, she said, "The community really has no place to go up here. I'm just trying to give them a place where they can go."

_ Times staff writer Christopher Goffard is the police reporter in Pasco County. He can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6236 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6236. His e-mail address is goffardsptimes.com.

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