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Adult novelty store violates zoning ordinances

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WILMINGTON -- A local adult novelty store may be forced to shut down just days after opening. Friday zoning inspectors found Guilty Pleasures off 23rd Street in Wilmington in violation of City ordinances. A City spokesperson says Guilty Pleasures originally submitted a zoning plan to be a warehouse-only establishment. Friday when zoning officials took a walk around the property they found the business to be in violation of two City ordinances: there were signs up advertising for business and it was being run as a retail shop. Under the warehouse zoning code owners were allowed a "small" retail area, but Guilty Pleasures has much more. City Spokesperson Malissa Talbert said, "They would have been allowed 50 feet of retail space, which is about the size of a closet, which would have been very minor. The indication here is that the retail space was at least several thousand feet." We called the manager and spokesperson for Guilty Pleasures, neither of which would comment on the City's findings. The business has 48 hours to take down the signs. After that, its owners will be fined. They also have ten days to appeal the dispute about the warehouse space. After that their business license could be revoked. Related story: Parents want adult warehouse shut down

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