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FEB. 7 — FEB. 20, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 3

Getting hosed

Pink Pony offers $200,000 a year to settle lawsuit

COMMUNITY 5-7

Super sized Cumbersome school system needs flexibility COMMENTARY 8

BY MELISSA WEINMAN

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Robin’s Nest

Representatives for the Pink Pony strip club say they have offered to pay the city of Brookhaven $200,000 a year in licensing fees to settle their ongoing lawsuit, but city officials haven’t accepted it. That amount, offered for an undisclosed long-term period, doubles the amount the club has paid DeKalb County in fees each year, said Dennis Williams, chief financial officer of Trop Inc., the corporation that owns the club. “We never really got a yes or no,” Williams said. “They said they’d take it under consideration.” Brookhaven City Manager Marie Garrett declined to discuss the offer. “We cannot comment on that. It’s pending litigation,” Gar-

Our new columnist talks about family life COMMENTARY 9

SEE PINK PONY, PAGE 28

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Eager volunteer groups ready to renovate city’s parks

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BY MELISSA WEINMAN

Going country

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PHIL MOSIER

Oglethorpe exhibits French landscapes OUT & ABOUT 14

Back, Chuck Bray, fire apparatus operator, and fire medic Patrick Hogan clean a fire engine’s supply line hose from chemicals and salt laid down during the recent snow storm. The engine, which helped pull cars off the roads, is housed at DeKalb County Fire Department Station No.15, 2017 Flightway Drive, adjacent to DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.

As the city of Brookhaven begins the planning process for the future of its parks and recreation system, volunteer groups are becoming more organized and enthusiastic. “We all believe the potential is there for something really groundbreaking,” said Chad Boles, president of the Briarwood Park Conservancy. Brookhaven has a robust network of park volunteers. Along with active “friends of the park” groups and conservancies for each of the city’s parks, there is also a recently formed umbrella group known as the Parks and Recreation SEE PENT-UP, PAGE 26

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