Henderson bans clubs for 18 and under set

Dance clubs catering to teenagers could soon be a thing of the past in Henderson.

City Council members on Tuesday approved a ban on nightclubs and dance halls that open their doors to those age 18 and under.

Only one such club, Frozen 75 on Sunset Road between Green Valley Parkway and Mountain Vista Street, currently operates in Nevada's second largest city.

City spokeswoman Cindy Herman said the existing club is grandfathered in and can remain open barring a change in ownership. A change in ownership would require an application for a new conditional use permit, and no more permits for such operations will be granted as a result of the ban.

The owner of Frozen 75 was among several people who spoke out against the ban before Tuesday's vote.

Two teens, a parent and a representative from the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union also argued in support of dance clubs for teenagers.

The ordinance enacting the ban states that "the businesses operating teenage dance halls and teenage night clubs seriously affect the social and moral well being of the city and its residents."

Henderson enacted a similar ban on strip clubs several years ago. The city's last remaining topless club since closed, effectively eliminating such businesses from the community.