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Miami Beach strip club reopens lawsuit

 

cveiga@MiamiHerald.com

A lawsuit filed against Miami Beach by the city’s only full-nudity strip club has been reopened.

The case was closed Wednesday after the attorney for Club Madonna, 1527 Washington Ave., didn’t respond by deadline to the city’s motion to close the case.

The club’s attorney, Richard Wolfe, said he missed the deadline because he was in Jamaica. He petitioned the court to reopen the case.

A judge on Thursday agreed.

Club Madonna’s owner, Leroy Griffith, has been fighting the city for nearly a year to overturn a ban on alcohol sales in full-nudity clubs such as his. Griffith has sued the city four times. In the latest suit, he claims the city didn’t stick to a settlement agreement to give him a fair hearing to reconsider the alcohol ban.

His lawyer claimed other clubs skirt the law, while his client is only trying to do what’s right.

“My client’s this nice old guy. He’s been on the Beach for 35 years. All he wants is a license to do business,” Wolfe said.

City Attorney Jose Smith has called Wolfe “publicity-seeking” and said the lawsuit is “bogus.”

On Thursday, Wolfe shot back: “It seems as though this lawyer is obsessed about this case and has no interest in considering the rights of a citizen in Miami Beach.”

Responded Smith in an email to the Miami Herald: “Griffith’s ‘rights’ have already been adjudicated in three prior lawsuits. He’s lost each time. Seems he’s the one who’s ‘obsessed.’ ”

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