The State Backs Berlin In Its On-going Fight To Keep V.I.P Closed

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The Mayor of Berlin got straight to the point.

"We don't need sex shops next to swing sets," said Mayor Adam Salina who was joined at a press conference today with the State Attorney General in an on-going fight to keep "Very Intimate Pleasures" or "V.I.P" from opening up shop in a residential neighborhood.

It's a fight which has been going on now for more than three years and one the Mayor and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal vow to fight together.

"The citizens of Berlin are the forefront of a fight that concerns the entire State of Connecticut," said Blumenthal who filed a brief today in the Federal Appeals court to show Connecticut is behind Berlin in its long legal fight with V.I.P. after denying the store a permit to operate business in the residential neighborhood which borders the Berlin Turnpike.

In July, a Federal Judge ruled that Berlin's ordinance pertaining to adult entertainment is "unconstitutionally vague" clearing the way for the store to open up last week for two days. The town quickly filed an appeal and the store has been ordered to close until a decision is made.

An attorney for V.I.P says the store has a right to be open for business and now is no different than any other retail store.

"In March, we changed our application from trying to be a full-adult store to a general retail store," said Attorney Daniel Silver during a phone interview. Silver says now, less than 12 percent of the store's inventory will be adult products.

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