This 1997 Florida case in Federal Court is about a strip club claiming that the local government is violating its rights with a new ordinance, the Jacksonville Adult Entertainment and Services Code.

WHITE’S PLACE, INC., d/b/a The Gold Club, Plaintiff,
v.
NATHANIEL GLOVER, in his Official Capacity as Sheriff of Jacksonville, THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, a Florida Municipal Corporation, and THE HONORABLE CHARLES O. MITCHELL, Jr., in his Official Capacity, Defendants.

White’s Place v. Glover
Case No. 97-930-Civ-J-20C
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA, JACKSONVILLE DIVISION
975 F. Supp. 1333

Decided – August 27, 1997

Judge Harvey Schlesinger writing for the Court explains:

With respect to Plaintiff’s argument that arrests were conducted by officers in Ninja masks, the Defendants have explained that these were worn by undercover vice officers whose identities would have been disclosed but for the masks.

The Court finds that Plaintiff is not likely to prevail and refuses to order a preliminary injunction.

This is not the first case of masks being called ninja masks, nor of police wearing them.

Three years later, the 11th circuit vacated and remanded (222 F.3d 1327, August 2000), because, as a corporation, White’s Place lacks standing to challenge the ordinance.

Meanwhile, twelve years later, the Gold Club is still currently operating at the same location as during this litigation: 320 General Doolittle Drive in Jacksonville, Florida – but it looks like maybe White’s Place Inc. sold to South East Show Clubs ?

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