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Rally held Saturday morning at site of property residents fear will resemble a strip club.

Angry local residents turned out Saturday morning with picket signs in hand to protest a business under construction on Sunrise Highway in Wantagh that they feel is going to operate as a strip club, located mere feet from a residential neighborhood.

The planned business on 3500 Sunrise Hwy. is being developed by Billy Dean, who owns a strip club in North Bellmore called . Opponents of his business slated for Wantagh who turned out for Saturday's protest believe it will also resemble adult entertainment and thus bring wreak havoc in a residential community with traffic as well as bringing down property values. Protests have been held on the Sunrise Highway property at the corner of Oakland Avenue every weekend since late March.

The Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals, which granted Dean a cabaret license last year for the Wantagh property, has scheduled a for May 18 due to vocal opposition that has mounted as well as a belief that not enough people were notified of his plans during the application process.

Dean’s attorney Bill Cohn of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Cohn & Terrana, LLP in Uniondale has declined to comment on what his client has planned for 3500 Sunrise Hwy. The Billy Dean's Showtime Cafe website describes the unnamed Wantagh facility as a "full service restaurant" that "will feature dinner and show theatrical production packages with various types of variety entertainment." The description of the planned business said the club will "cater to anniversary, birthday, bachelorette, bachelor parties or groups of friends looking for a new twist for an exciting evening."

Dean Patch last November that he was not planning to have any adult entertainment at his new Wantagh business and it would instead be operated as a dinner club with “unique comedy acts.”

An opposition group that formed to fight against Dean's development called “Wantagh-Seaford Protect Our Children and Preserve Our Community” has scheduled a fundraiser for May 5 at in Bellmore starting at 7:30 p.m.

Chris Wendt May 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM
PATCH, an online publication of AOL, is in trouble from the perspective of readership and profitability. The following recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post describe the situation. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303610504577420193866895860.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/post/patch-layoffs-hit-managers-not-reporters/2012/05/22/gIQAdCediU_blog.html "Name calling, insults, and daring personal attacks appearing in print are not enjoyable to most people..." I do not see how Patch's continued fostering of certain contributors whose stock material consists of repeated (relentless) insults and personal attacks against other contributors, is going to help Patch gain either readership or profitability. Worse, the continued "flaming", here, is more than likely to make it difficult for Patch to retain their existing readership and contributors.
Patrick May 26, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Now I'm killing the Patch. Come on Chris. My stock material? Chris, you know as well as I, that I have contributed more factual information regarding this situation than any other contributer. I have been attacked more than any other contributer because of my stance on Billy Deans. You call it bait, I call them facts. As a matter of fact, I have gotten extremely positive feedback from people who read the Patch, and many have said that it is people like yourself, Lorraine, and most detractors who make this site unreadable for one reason, you all refuse to see any other points than your own. You fail to comprehend that with reference to this story, Kevin Milano has been the worst offender of what you call "Name calling, insults, and daring personal attacks appearing in print are not enjoyable to most people...". Daring personal attacks? I write facts, more than anyone else. When people respond with anything other than facts, it is my responsibility to set the record straight. When peiople broad brush information, like Lou has done, need to be called out. If anyone is going to make statements, that for the most part are completley unrelated to the issue, they need to be put to taks to prove the validity of their post. That is all I did. People do not respond to my post, because they can't. They do not have the information to rebut my factual information, therefore they fall silent, you included.
Patrick May 26, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Chris, I have done nothing more than ask that people back up their posts with facts. I have asked pertinent questions of every person who has made a post in opposition to these business; That is not bait. Kevin Milano is everything I have stated, and more, if your, or anyones opinion differs, fine. Please do not paint me as the agitator, it is the people who post faulty information, that is not either researched or for the most part factual, that are the bane of sites like this. The Patch is a national entity, my comments do nothing to affect the viability of the business, as a matter of fact, according to the article you posted from the WSJ they enhance it. Please do not try to imply something, that if you read the article, you know to be patently false. The Patch is hurting because it costs to much to run, and nothing more. The article actually states that readership is increasing. Once again, Chris, in your attempt to be a know-it-all, you have proved the opposite. As to your blatant and transparent attempt to have my voice stifled, it will fall on deaf ears. I have had throngs of people say to me that they can't wait to see what I write next, because they can't understand how others are able to post information that is no where near the truth, or just outright lies.
Chris Wendt May 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Let's go to the videotape. Well, okay, not the videotape, but to the only two comments I posted to this thread. This first included a friendly salutation to another contributor, Lou, to whom I wrote a direct reply to his preceding post. No other names were mentioned by me. My second post mentioned no names at all. None. Nobody. That comment was by way of observation primarily for the information of the Patch editors as well as the general readership following this thread. That is all. Over-and-out!
Patrick May 28, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Of course, Chris. not directed at anyone in particular. Really? Please. That is what is so wrong with people, way to much political correcness. It is people like myself who have strong opinions and are not afraid to put them out there frankly and concisely that should be the norm rather than the vanilla, sugar coated PC people afraid to speak their minds. That's the way I feel and I will continue to do it the way I feel necessary. You can do as you please.


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