News & Features » News

Sex and the city


Ending, after five years, a futile battle with its own zoning code, Orlando finally has agreed to allow the Fairvilla Mega Store to expand on North Orange Blossom Trail. Orlando also will pay Fairvilla $275,000 in exchange for the retailer dropping its federal lawsuit against the city. This on top of at least $200,000 the city has spent fighting the store, which sells sex toys, adult videos and such.

The battle began after residents near the store objected to its expansion plans on the grounds of immorality. The City Council, despite knowing the city would lose, decided to fight -- and waste taxpayers' money. Only the late Commissioner Nap Ford voted sensibly not to pick a fight. Mayor Hood skipped the vote.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.