Video: Protests Continue Over Planned Wantagh Business

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.

Patrick May 10, 2011 at 01:43 PM
The more you ask the more you find out. Here is an interesting scenario: Dave Dennenberg, the legislator from the 19th district, is up for re-elecction this year. He needs to gain some publicity for his re-election campaign. He wispers in the ear of a Wantagh resident that Billy Dean is opening a new establishment in Wantagh. By the way Billy Deans original location is actually in Dennenbergs district , and has been operating there for years While the permits have already been issued, Dennenberg stokes the flames with rhetoric, and indicates the case can be reopened. He now attaches himself to this situation, even though Wantagh and Seaford are not even in his district. Why? Maybe Dennenbergs popularity is waning, he is in fear of losing the election and he need to attach himself to a hot topic and show the people of his own district that he is all about the people. Enter Claudia Borecky, president of the North Merrick Civic Assoc. It seems as though Claudia has political aspirations as well, and immediately attaches herself to this situation, even though she has no connection to the area affected, which is a great way to tell her potential constituents that she really cares, even for other local communities. Both politicos have attached themselves to a hot button topic, and no matter what the outcome of the re-hearing, both can ultimately say that they tried to help the people. Just not the ones in their districts.
Patrick May 10, 2011 at 01:55 PM
What have Dennenberg and Borecky accomplished? They have inflamed an area that has no impact on their own districts, for their own political benefit. Neither one actually cares about the area because these people are not their constituents, and are not the ones who will ultimately cast a ballot for or against them. They can use their association with this cause, right of wrong, to benefit their campaign, because they will say they were acting with the peoples best interest in mind, just not their people. And they have done this at the expense of a business owner and local residents that are not even in their district. No wonder when I confronted Dennenberg at your strategy meeting, that he wanted nothing to do with me, was doing everything he could to avoid speaking to me or hearing my questions, and even went so far as to tell me that he no longer represented Seaford. What he neglected to tell everyone is that he doesn't represent the people of Wantagh either. Just some food for thought
Zee May 10, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Now it's a political agenda for candidates seeking reelection? I'm going to stop commenting from this point on. See everyone on the 18thfor this very important meeting.
Patrick May 10, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Why, you don't think that politicians would do such a thing? See you on the 18th.
Patrick May 10, 2011 at 06:53 PM
Actually, there is a way to validate what I have said. Let's just ask. Kevin, who told you about the proposed buiness on Sunrise Hwy, and who provided you with the letter that everyone signed and sent to the BZA? Everyone knows that you did not know about the proposed business, until someone informed you, before starting your campaign, you said so yourself. So tell all of us, who informed you? No response means I am right, otherwise name the person. There is no need to cover up, if they were working for the people, they should want to have the credit for doing something so noble.
Brian May 10, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Hey just want to say thanks to all the loyal people in our community who stood up for what they believe. I'll see you on the 18th and remember we all know what evil looks like. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it's a duck.....Common sense will prevail !!!!!!!
Kevin May 10, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Good point Brian. I just hope that our Representatives come through for us. And that means seeing this fight to the end. Remember the fight is not over at the Zoning Board.
Patrick May 14, 2011 at 01:31 AM
This hits home: I can not take credit for this, nor should I, but it certainly is appropriate. Thanks John C.: There's a term in the dog world called "Kennel Blindness". It's an affliction dog showers and breeders can pick up; the symptoms are they only see the virtues in their own dogs and the faults in all of the others. They twist the truth to fit their own idea of it, they twist the standard to fit in with the dogs they have in their own yards. Go ahead and expose the hypocrites, the crooks and the charlatans on the side you don't like, but guess what? You have plenty in your own kennel. You all need to not only read this, but THINK about it. See you soon.
Serendipity May 17, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Building permit photos of Wantagh location were posted on facebook Nov '10 under Rori Gordon, recently removed, was listed as cabaret dinner club. Some of her past ventures/escapades include Anvine, photos of under Rori Gordon on Facebook. Past escapades - Rori Gordon underhandedly gained control of her Freeport High School class of 1973 30 yr reunion because she didn't like a cruise planned & booked by others. Gordon called Nautical Cruise Line on Nautical Mile in Freeport under a fictitious name to get information & tried cross-book another cruise at the same time. Gordon was caught at it. Then Gordon booked another venue & put a deposit on Bedell's, in order to gain control of high school reunion plans. Gordon used Billy Dean's Strip Club phone# & address to have high school class alumni contact her about reunion info. She sent a letter to a classmate disinviting them from their own high school reunion wanting to return their reunion ticket payment because this person opposed the under-handed tactics used & classless handling of it. Gordon also posted photos on classmates.com of a small group of her FHS alumni who went to her Billy Dean's Strip Club pole dancing & lap dancing. Classmates.com removed her for inappropriate content, but is again is on there using Billy Dean's sign-in account. Also a facebook private group class of 1973 Freeport High School she moderates which has some of the photos. Good Luck on May 18th, you'll need it dealing with Gordon's tactics.
Serendipity May 17, 2011 at 02:49 PM
It is a known fact, strip club owners will infiltrate an area by applying for a "cabaret license". Then once thepermits are issued and the business opens, the clothes come off, the pasties and g strings go on and the rest is "a strip club". Then when you try to fight it, the owner legally fights it using "first amendment", "freedom of speech" argument. Fight this now, before this moves into your community.
Patrick May 18, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Serendipity, where have you been for the last 6 weeks? It is so nice to read an unbiased post. Can you say "axe to grind". I beg you to come to the hearing tomorrow, please tell me where you are, and I will come get you and deliver you to the hearing, you have a lot to offer. You will fit in just fine.
Patrick May 18, 2011 at 01:51 AM
If it is a known fact, you must be a strip club owner, because how would you know the procedure? Please let me know where you are, and I will come and get you for the hearing. I am sure Kevin and his group would be happy to have you as a supporter, you seem to know all about the process. PLEASE respond and I will be happy to help you attend the hearing.
Michael Priore May 21, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Why don't you all grow up ! Its a business that will not "endanger" your children. The Tobacco store will do more harm than his club !
Michael Priore May 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Billy Dean has been around a long long time, starting off at Escapes in Merrick many years ago...in a small mall where there are family retsurants,shops, toy store, etc. Nobody had a problem there & then...nobody had a problem when he open in North Bellmore.....so what is your problem now ????
Lou May 21, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Oh really michael: go to the daily news 3 Charged With Rape BY AL BAKER Monday, June 26, 1995 A pool-table gang rape of a young woman at an upscale Long Island male-stripper club led yesterday to the arrests of the club bouncer, bartender and disc jockey, Nassau cops said last night. The 21-year-old victim was assaulted by the three men in the basement of Escapes at the Merrick Mall as male dancers gyrated in G-strings for a crowd of female customers upstairs, police said. "Nobody held her down," said 1st Precinct Detective Hilton Williams, but she "was intimidated to the point where she submitted. . . . She was petrified." The employes at Escapes all three "very much remorseful," Williams said turned themselves in to police just hours after the 1:15 a.m. assault on the basement billiard table. This is a partial story, But to say nobody had a problem and then ask what is our problem,, is, well, here is what can happen in this kind of enviornment . Can't change it after the fact that is the problem. Ads by Google
Michael Priore May 24, 2012 at 08:41 PM
@Lou..sure you can live in the past..I can come up with stories like that for baseball teams, hair saloons, etc. You linking rape & abuse with Billy Dean is absolutely the most stupidist thing I have ever heard in my life...oh by the way...The shy is falling...better run out & let everyone know. Get a life
Michael Priore May 24, 2012 at 08:42 PM
(The SKY is falling) God..hysteria at its worst...so would you like higher taxes because you want to select what business you want in a COMMERCIAL area ?
Lou May 24, 2012 at 09:04 PM
@Michael, In no way was I rude to you ,so why is it you are speaking to me like this.You made a statement and I corrected you, with fact is all I did. It is evident you do not like to be corrected .Look back at your statement. By the way Pal, it is you who needs to get your story straight before your little fingers start typing, So it is you who needs to get a life
Michael Priore May 24, 2012 at 09:12 PM
@Lou..You weren't rude to me..and neither was I to you. You obviously are opposed to any business at that location unless it suits your needs. Long Island was" born" because business flocked there and gave entrepreneurs a chance to open a business. If Billy Dean says he has no plans to allow any "Adult" activities there..why can't you accept another tax paying business that will employ people in this terrible economy ? You "Not in my Backyard" mentality is way old. When they built an office complex behind my home (and neighbors) when it used to be a large lot for a small factory...I didn't want the noise or pollution...and Deneberg was of no help, as no matter how loud we objected, the Town allowed it....so what do you do ? Sit & lament all day..or move on ?
Lou May 24, 2012 at 10:02 PM
You still don't get the point do you? i answered your statement period, as you said Move on
Patrick May 25, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Lou, what were the names of the three men arrested? Michael is talking about Billy Dean, and you are making a very broad association between a business and one man. Please re-read the article and post the names of the offenders. Also, please inform everyone what type of business you assume will be opening at the Wantagh location, and while you are at it, please tell everyone how many time any incident remotely similar has happened in the 14 years that Billy Dean's has been operating in N Bellmore. I await your lucid response.
Patrick May 26, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Lou, I have to deal with many fools like you every day,it takes time for me to develop a response to an idiotic comment such as yours. It is you who referenced the article,why would I do your leg work. Lou, you fool, kind of poetic. Lou, I know more by accident about this than you will ever know, but you will/have proved this already. "I may answer you but probably not", way to set youself up for a cop out, fake. Lou, Lou, you are through bada boo bada boo I have no use for you bada bing bada bing If you knew anything You would have already voiced your opinion. Don't waste my time, Lou.
Lou May 26, 2012 at 03:45 AM
This is the reason no one answers your posts. Ramble on. Again your true colors are in full bloom.
Patrick May 26, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I mean Zealot/Liar Kevin Milano....You must be Lou... one of the many letter writers from Wantagh. who seem to know what is best for Bellmore. Keep it up, Kevin Milano, we all know it is you, or maybe not???
Chris Wendt May 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Lou, I don't think there is any expectation and there certainly is no requirement that visitors to Patch have any obligation to "answer" or respond to the postings of other individuals. Some people, as you have done, contribute ideas. Certain other posters just put out "bait" and then dare readers to take their bait, get down on their 'level' and engage in a flame war, name-calling, and personal attacks "Baiters" do not advance the debate by planting THE BAIT. They show no respect for other contributors, nor for The Patch, which owns and operates this venue for everyone's enjoyment. Name calling, insults, and daring personal attacks appearing in print are not enjoyable to most people, however.
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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