Hearing on espresso stand regulation set for Aug. 2

Chris Henry writes:

The Kitsap County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Aug 2 on regulations proposed for espresso stands whose employees wear provocative outfits. The location of the hearing is the county administration building, 619 Division Avenue in Port Orchard.

The county proposes three options to address the outfits, which some find offensive.

One option would add “lewd conduct” as a violation of civil code. In option two, stands would be regulated under the county’s code for adult entertainment. Owners would have to post clear signs advertising the nature of the business, and they would have to check customers’ IDs.

A third option would change the county’s code on adult entertainment to include a definition of indecent exposure that would prohibit some but not all of the outfits at coffee stands.

The county commissioners, who make the final decision, also will hold a public hearing.

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