Citizens group to gather at church to protest strip club

Matt Algarin
The old Pottery World on Airport Road may one day be the site of the city’s first strip club.

Citizens for a Greater Destin, a group dedicated to fighting against the proposed strip club on Airport Road, will be holding a public meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Immanuel Anglican Church. The group was named in the recent lawsuit filed against the city of Destin and City Manger Maryann Ustick. The litigation accused the group and city of working hand-in-hand to thwart the proposed club. Organizers behind the group dispute that charge and say they are just reflecting the sentiment of the community.

“There has never been any guidance or help or even encouragement on the part of the city to our group,” said organizer Patti Terjak. “If anything, they made us jump thru the same hoops as any other citizen wanting public information. We had to ask in writing for each and every document we received.”

Citizens for a Greater Destin currently has an online petition filed through where residents and those against the strip club can sign up and show their support for the group. As of Tuesday morning there were 2,097 signatures on the petition.

"The proposed location is directly adjacent to a well established residential neighborhood, churches and school bus stops," the petition reads. "The effect it would have on the safety, moral and economic health of the surrounding area would be detrimental."

— Matt Algarin