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Billy Dean Mounting Two Court Fights for Planned Wantagh Business

North Bellmore strip club owner files appeal in Supreme Court Appellate Division while also trying motion to have judge reverse May ruling that prevented cabaret permit on Sunrise Highway property.

While Billy Dean tries for a successful motion at Nassau County Supreme Court to have a judge’s upholding the Town of Hempstead zoning board’s  for his cabaret application in Wantagh, the North Bellmore strip club owner is also concentrating his legal fight in the appellate division.

The motion in Nassau County Supreme Court, which was scheduled for Justice Antonio Brandveen’s July 25 calendar, was postponed for the third time in three weeks and is now slated for Aug. 8. While Dean attempts success in Mineola with his newly hired attorney J. Stewart Moore of Central Islip, his chief legal counsel, William Cohn of Uniondale has filed an appeal at the State Supreme Court Appellate Division. 

“The appeal to the Appellate Division has already been filed but it will be some time before it goes to oral argument,” said Cohn, who emphasized that he remains “very confident” that Dean will eventually open his Wantagh establishment on 3500 Sunrise Hwy.

Cohn was not optimistic in Dean’s chances with the motion in Nassau County Supreme Court scheduled for Aug. 8 being handled by Moore saying it is “very rare” for a judge to reverse his own ruling. He said if Justice Brandveen does decide in Dean’s favor, the Town of Hempstead would then likely appeal to the Appellate Division and the roles would be reversed.

Moore has not returned calls seeking comment.

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While Dean fights for the Wantagh property, he is also  from the Hempstead Town Board of Appeals on a request to renew a cabaret permit at Billy Dean’s Showtime Café in North Bellmore. 

Dean’s suit filed against the Town of Hempstead that Justice Brandveen rejected this past spring argued that the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) should have never revoked its original June 2010 approval for cabaret usage on the 3500 Sunrise Hwy parcel. The suit also pointed out that the property, which Dean acquired in 2009 for $950,000, has had cabaret usage for previously opened bars and restaurants going back to the late 1960s.

The Hempstead BZA’s rejection of Dean’s cabaret application came in the midst of community  that mounted against him because of fears he would operate his Wantagh similar to  in North Bellmore, which is advertised on its website as "Long Island’s No. 1 strip club." A cabaret license would permit Dean to offer live music, dancing and entertainment but no topless or nude performers.

Billy Dean’s website provides a link with information that describes the planned Wantagh venue as one that will offer dinner entertainment with audience participation catering to bachelor, bachelorette and birthday parties. Dean  his planned establishment during a May 18, 2011 zoning board hearing as one that would feature “a Las Vegas style feel” with jugglers, knife throwers and dancers.

David Colbourn July 27, 2012 at 09:51 PM
oh good Old miller is threatening to name names I'm sure that on topic and helpful. I am a concerned citizen and live in Seaford in a part that is closer then most of Wantagh is so I guess I "should" but out . . . . guess again. Last I checked I still had free speech so please don 't "should" all over me.
David Colbourn July 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM
The permits had to be renewed by law the owner knew it to be a business risk. Physical improvements and investments are likely recoverable upon sale of the property and there is a credibility issue that should cost them the liquer license. I would feel bad but would mittigate loss and avoid throwing good money after bad and let me point out that attornies are paid to argue regardless of who wins. Face it the zoning is awfull and the timing with the mass murder is worse. I do feel for any investor who's dreams are not panning out but community support is a big part of any business which is all about location location location.
Patrick July 28, 2012 at 01:22 AM
That's right, David Coburn, but what you don't get is that it is easier to get drug paraphenalia in Wantagh, than it is in Vegas. Or do you just choose to disregard that part of the post? Crawl back under the rock.
Patrick July 28, 2012 at 01:33 AM
David, how was your day with the sandwich board outside Planned Parenthood? You are, in my opinion, a wackadoo. "Sex industry shop"? Why do you not make a comment about the head shops? I would think that with your ideals, and purity, you would say something about the rampant abuse of altar boys in the Catholic Church for the past 50+ years. But, probably, according to you that must have been mis-reported, right? Or do you just choose to ignore the facts, as everyone else does? No need to answer, but I would like to hear what you have to say.
old miller July 28, 2012 at 01:57 AM
The real sex industry, not that of some exaggerated claims made by conservative alarmists, is located in several strip malls on Merrick Road, Sunrise Hwy., and Park Ave... just look for the signs advertising "health spa," the closed blinds, and the men shuffling in and out of the front door with their faces aimed at the ground... look there for your body counts, not some night club.

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