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Strip club opening near Royal Palm Beach elementary school

By Jeff Skrzypek

ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A new strip club, set to open in Royal Palm Beach along Southern Boulevard near Lyons Road, is concerning nearby residents and shoppers. Ownership from Double D Ranch recently broke ground and has positioned a sign along the busy road for the new adult entertainment spot.

"Double D Ranch stands for dinner and dancing," said Scott Lizza, owner of Double D Ranch who also runs Monroe's in West Palm Beach.

The 22,000 square-foot western-themed ranch though is just across the street from a neighborhood, right next door to a busy shopping center and less than a mile from Everglades Elementary School. "It should be away from the city. I don't think it should be right on the family neighborhood," said Emma Magalanes, who lives nearby.

Magalanes and her teenage daughter, Marissa Creekmore, live in the neighborhood across from the Double D Ranch site. "I think it's inappropriate. I mean people are going to see it, and they're going to wonder what it is. I mean it's on Southern right next to our fairgrounds. Everyone visits the fair during the year," said Creekmore.

But not all nearby residents are against the new adult club. "Well, I mean, it's probably not the best of areas for that. Families probably don't want to see that there. But it's got to go somewhere, right?" said Andre Correa, who lives nearby.

Correa feels business is business, and eventually he will have to explain what a strip club is to his kids. "As long as it's legal, and there's nothing shady going on, then it's fine for me," said Correa.

Lizza said the club is more than just adult entertainment. There will be a separate club devoted to line dancing and concerts. A restaurant is also in the works. "If you were driving by you won't know," said Lizza.

To those worried, Lizza said, they are always invited to see what Double D Ranch is themselves. "It's not all purple neon with triple-x signs," said Lizza. "It's nothing like that. It's a classy facility."

Double D Ranch is set to open in the summer of 2015.

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