The future Flamingo Adult Theater on Beach Boulevard near Talbert Avenue
is quickly taking shape, with the foundation finished and the building's
frame nearly complete.
The sex-oriented business could open its doors as early as January, said
Max Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Tatarian family, which owns the property
at 18121 Beach Blvd., where a French restaurant once stood.
Concerned about attracting prostitution and drug use, the city had fought
since 1996 to keep the club out.
But judicial decisions protecting an adult entertainment's constitutional
freedom to operate forced the city to settle out of court in June.
"Whether I agree with it or not, they have certain rights," City
Councilman Ralph Bauer said.
But Ahmadi said officials shouldn't be so "hypersensitive."
"They're afraid of what they don't know anything about," he said.
There are plenty of strip clubs in other cities, and they've had few
problems, he said. "Everything that exists emits some gas."
The club's design plans submitted to the city in May show a beige,
one-story building with green awnings over opaque windows. Ahmadi has
joked in the past that the architectural style is similar to a Coco's
Tatarian's lawyers are still analyzing court rulings to determine whether
the entertainers will be partially or fully nude, Ahmadi said.
Bauer, a man of strong religious faith, doesn't expect the club to be
The type of tourists that want to "have a good time" stay far enough away
from Huntington Beach, while residents, by and large, prefer other forms
of entertainment, he said.
"This is a pretty family-oriented town."