Our City’s Least-Tolerated Sin: Lust?

Ruling on The Act shows strange intersection of gaming, sex and conservatism

Photo by Bobby Jameidar | SPYONvegas.com

Photo by Bobby Jameidar | SPYONvegas.com

A judge ruled that some acts at The Act are too frisky for the Strip. What gives?

Surprise! If we needed a reminder that Las Vegas is not the nation’s naughtiness capital, District Court Judge Susan Scann recently provided it. In the case that shook Sin City, Scann’s ruling essentially prevents The Act, a nightclub at the Venetian, from acting out. Why? It’s a complicated conversation, owing much to our city’s religiously conservative power structure and the deliberately vague “morality clause” of the Nevada Gaming Control Act, which disapproves of marrying bawdy behavior with gambling. Had The Act not been located in a gaming venue, this likely never would have happened. Often, when it comes to sin, lust takes a backseat to gluttony and greed.

Summerlin City Limits: Last week, I said Summerlin was in Las Vegas. As it turns out, that is only true-ish. Reader Erik Pappa, the director of public communications for Clark County, wrote to say that sections developed later (including Red Rock Resort and The Ridges) lie in an unincorporated area of Clark County known as “Summerlin South.” South of Charleston Boulevard (and mostly covered by ZIP code 89135), Summerlin South is one of Southern Nevada’s many “census-designated places” (CDPs)—areas not bound by municipal government. In other words, not within the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas or Henderson. (Other CDPs include Enterprise, Paradise, Spring Valley, Sunrise Manor, Whitney and Winchester.)

Also confusing are our numerous unincorporated “islands,” surrounded by cities but beyond their jurisdictional reach. These stubborn pockets, frequently inhabited by the kind of independent souls who settled in Nevada to begin with, are often coveted for annexation by city officials with tax dollars in their eyes.

Many of these properties (sprawling ranch estates sporting horse barns and the like) would never survive annexation and the city rules that come with it. On this subject, County Commissioner Tom Collins told the Review-Journal in April, “The cities here have this ‘everything should be the same’ mentality. Everybody should have a two-car garage and a certain kind of streetlight. They don’t understand that some people don’t want that.” I understand, Mr. Collins, and those unincorporated bits pleasantly remind me of what Vegas life was like before hyper-planned homogeneity took over.


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