Waldo, FL porn bookshop hit with homemade WMD

Cafe Risque — now an adult entertainment chain that runs up into the Carolinas — began in Central Florida. Driving to Gainesville from Miami in the 90’s, you’d start seeing the billboards of bra-clad, open-mouthed women well before Orlando. They always looked a little jaundiced in the renderings.

My favorite signs were the unadorned red-and-yellow ones that heralded the “Great food!” and the “Clean showers!” “Truckers and Couples Welcome!” they said. (Billboard image found here.)
 

But Micanopy, the Gainesville-area town where the strip club began, is a live-and-let-live sort of hippy place. Now Cafe Risque’s owner plans to open an adult bookstore that will sell “magazines, videos and sex toys” — in Waldo, Florida (population 821).

Approximately 20% of the town showed up under the banner “Americans for Morality” to protest last month. When that didn’t deter the adult entertainment mogul from setting up shop, somebody resorted to a little WMD moonshine:

[A] rudimentary device [spewed] a hazardous substance through a hose into the Cafe Risque Adult Super Center.

Neighbors noticed a liquid leaking through a door of the business at 17301 NE U.S. 301 and called the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office about 6:45 a.m. Sunday. Within hours, the adult bookstore – which will sell magazines, videos and sex toys – was overtaken with hazardous materials teams in full gear, firefighters, police and the Department of Environmental Protection.

The source of the leak was a water hose connected to two gallon-sized jugs of an unknown substance atop the business’ air conditioner. Preliminary tests indicate the substance was corrosive in nature.

(Via #1, who’s got an LIC strip club story.)


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