Owners stock Milford sex shop shelves
(07/29/03) MILFORD - The battle between the newly opened Penthouse Boutique and the city of Milford is heating up. On Tuesday, the manager of the mega adult store said he plans to stock the shelves with sex toys and videotapes with or without the city's official approval.
Amid controversy and protest, the store finally opened for business on Friday. Since then about half of its 10,000 square-foot floor has been empty because the store didn't have the proper permits for some of the merchandise. According to city officials permits have not been obtained, but the owners said they're stocking shelves anyway. Storeowner Gary Cohen said the store doesn't even need a permit under the city's ordinance.
Mayor Jamesa Richitelli (R-Milford) will no longer comment on the boutique, saying it will only give the business free publicity. But in a statement to News 12 Connecticut he said, "The city of Milford through its various departments and agencies will continue to apply and enforce all current statutes, ordinances, and regulations on behalf of the citizens of Milford."
Marilyn Lipton, the city's attorney said she'll wait and see what happens, then take the proper legal action.