Strip club brings slow business for cops

A look inside the Fantasy strip club.



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A look inside the Fantasy strip club.

During the at-times heated debate over the return of live adult entertainment to Grand Junction, Kevin Eardley kept cool when opponents decried his venture as a ready magnet for crime.

Among a host of projected problems, critics envisioned a stream of patrons driving home drunk from an establishment serving alcohol in an industrial area, causing accidents on adjacent U.S. Highway 6&50.

But nearing five months since the opening of Fantasy, 2258 Colex Drive, Eardley argues the numbers are on his side.

“I knew there would be opposition, but the statistics speak for themselves,” said Eardley, Fantasy’s owner. “When we first opened, the police were stopping by once a day, and they were great to work with. Now we hardly see them.”

The Grand Junction Police Department has had its share of encounters with the strip club.

From its opening day on July 10 through Nov. 9, officers were called out 25 times, 11 of those for fights, assaults in progress or other disturbances, according to data provided by Grand Junction police.

Numbers suggest police have more business elsewhere.

Over the same time period, officers were called to Quincy Bar, 609 Main St., 53 times. Of those calls, Police Cmdr. Tim Grimsby said it’s unclear how many involved events associated with the downtown bar, or if officers simply linked certain calls with the bar because of an incident occurring nearby. He said he doesn’t believe comparisons between the establishments are valid because of the migratory nature of the downtown scene; patrons move among five bars.

Fantasy, however, isn’t considered a problem for the department, Grimsby said.

“They’ve had their fair share of issues, but they seem to be making every effort to work with the Police Department,” Grimsby said. “You’re going to have a number of incidents where alcohol is served.”



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