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Signs Stay: Red Light District Pays $750 Fine, Charges Dropped

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SALISBURY, Md. - Red Light District, the store that stirred up controversy in Salisbury, is here to stay.

Back in August, the city first fined the adult store $250 for an out-of-code sign. City officials tell WMDT the adult store paid $750 to end the battle.

Mike Nolan, who owns Quality Cars directly across the street from Red Light District says while he doesn't expect the business to be open long, he has no problems with store staying.

"If the guys compliant, he's compliant and if the city doesn't like what he's doing, change the laws," said Nolan. "If they need to do something about the guy, do it. Don't harass him, don't harass any of the business owners."

We tried calling store owners, but no answer. At the store, employees said no one was available to comment. We also reached out to Salisbury mayor Jim Ireton's office for an on-camera interview. The following statement was instead sent out:

"The owners  have paid the remaining fines that were owed from putting the sign up against the code.  The floor space has been brought into compliance with the code after 2 inspections.  In essence, they broke the law with the sign and paid their way out of the problem. 

"They did not mind paying the fines in order to keep the sign up.  Maneuvering around the law is what this company has done up and down the east coast.  Our city tried with all we had to make them go. Yet the Red Light owners had the money to fight in court, the money to get them back into compliance, and the lawyers who knew the way around our laws."

City officials also added that the content of the signs are not regulated, so owners can say what they want as long as the signs are up to code.

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