A few months ago, I blogged about a town that used zoning to stop dancing at a local restaurant. An amazing organization, the Institute for Justice, which uses litigation to fight against oppression, has won victory for the family that runs the restaurant and the people of the town who love to go there:
Kick off your boots and get ready to two-step because dancing is now allowed at San Tan Flat.
Pinal County Superior Court Judge William O’Neil overturned a decision
from the county Board of Supervisors that said the
country-Western-themed restaurant was operating an illegal dance hall
by allowing patrons to dance to live music on its back patio.
The judge’s ruling brings closure to the conflict between the county
and restaurant owner Dale Bell, who have been at odds for more than two
years after San Tan Flat neighbors complained about noise coming from
Just a reminder: according to the neighbors themselves, none of them complained. That was an unsubstantiated assertion by the local government stooges.
Bell sued the county for $1, saying the dance-hall ordinance violated his constitutional right to freely run his business.
"That $1 is about freedom and about civil liberties and the government not being allowed to overreach," Bell said Wednesday.