The owner of Miami Beach’s lone strip club has once again sued the city, saying a settlement from a previous lawsuit — filed over a dispute related to yet two other lawsuits — wasn’t honored by Beach officials.
Leroy Griffith’s latest complaint demands that the City Commission give him a fair hearing in his decade-long bid to overturn a law banning alcohol sales in full-nudity establishments like his Club Madonna. Griffith contends the law is unconstitutional.
He nearly persuaded commissioners to change the policy in 2004, but lost a final vote when several officials changed their stance. Griffith filed several lawsuits after the hearing, including a federal complaint settled in 2009 on the condition that the city commission once again consider Griffith’s proposal to change the law.
Griffith got his hearing and lost unanimously. He now argues that the city didn’t give him a fair shot. He’s also still upset that the city asked him to pay legal fees incurred by a former commissioner’s wife, whom he had sued for slander. That issue drew a stern letter to the city from the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics.
A call to Griffith’s attorney, Richard Wolfe, was not returned. Miami Beach City Attorney Jose Smith said he wouldn’t comment on the lawsuit beyond acknowledging that the city had been served.
“I will not dignify such garbage with a comment,” he said.