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'Red Light District' sign for adult store in Salisbury is illegal, mayor says

Town has not issued permit for sign advertising "Romantic Superstore"

By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun

1:03 PM EDT, August 13, 2013

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A new sign for the adult-themed "Red Light District" store in Salisbury is illegal and the business is in poor taste, the Eastern Shore town's mayor said Tuesday.

The North Salisbury Boulevard shop, advertised as a "romantic superstore," put the sign up Monday night without a permit, Mayor James Ireton Jr. said.

"This is an egregious violation of the law," the mayor said in a statement. "The city knows it, our citizens know it and the Red Light people know it. …The sign and the store are in bad taste, and are bad for business in Salisbury."

The store owners, B& Z Investments, will face fines of $250 for the first day and $500 per day for each day the sign stays in place and the business stays open under the town's zoning code.

The store also violated its "Over 18" policy, town officials said, when a child in a stroller was seen inside the store.

A man who answered the phone at the store said he had no comment and would not identify himself.

Lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com