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{May 15, 2008}   Strip club riles small Oregon Coast town
This is right around the corner from my Coast Home.
Associated Press

OCEANSIDE, Ore. — The quaint Oregon coastal town of Oceanside is home to a restaurant, a coffee shop, a community center, a post office — and now, a strip club.

The club is out of place in the quiet hamlet, and neighbors aren’t happy at all.

But Slawomir “Sam” Piskorski, the owner of the club, said the exotic dancers are a last resort, after residents have continued a boycott of his Anchor Inn & Grill that dates to the previous owner.

His club has been at the center of controversy in Oceanside (near Tillamook) for three years, after a developer added a third floor for hotel rooms.

Community members opposed the addition, saying it was an eyesore and didn’t fit with the town’s community plan. But the county sided against them, and the addition remained.

That’s when the boycott began. Piskorski bought the inn for $1.65 million in 2006, hoping neighbors would come to like him and stop their protest.

That didn’t happen, and he began losing up to $20,000 a month. This fall, Piskorski finally put the tavern up for sale, asking $2.2 million.

On Dec. 1, he reopened the doors to the inn, this time featuring strippers, flashing red lights, a raised stage, dancer’s pole and a private room for lap dances.

“All the tourists are complaining,” said Cathie Hanthorn, owner of the town’s coffee shop. “They say [they] come here to get out of that environment.”

The state Land Use Board of Appeals is scheduled to hear the neighbors’ case Jan. 17. If neighbors win, they hope Piskorski will have to remove the third floor.

For Piskorski’s part, he hopes the whole thing will become someone’s else problem: He’s still asking $2.2 million for the property.

“I have three kids,” he said. “I am going to lose 1 million bucks.

“I would ask anyone, ‘If you were going to lose everything you worked hard for, for 20 years, would you do it?’ No one would just walk away and say, ‘OK, I lost $1 million.’ ”

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