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"Landlord evicts operators of Merritt Island swingers club"

on Friday, 23 March 2012. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

Florida Today

Before even hosting its first members-only get-together, a rumored swingers club has been evicted for failure to pay rent, a landlord says.

Minglers Social Club raised eyebrows at the Government Center in Viera with its proposal to renovate the old Riverside Bank building off State Road 520 and host weekend soirées.

Described in zoning applications as a “banquet hall,” the site plan depicted a dance floor, bar, stage, DJ booth, five carpeted offices and a private conference room featuring twin 7-by-7-foot platforms — but no kitchen facilities.

Interior remodeling began. But Minglers officials failed to pay rent this month, said Ralph Perrone, the building owner. He served an eviction notice on March 5, and the tenant turned in the keys Wednesday.

“They ran out of money. They pulled a building permit and they did some construction inside the building. They even bought a limo before they had the doors open,” Perrone said.

Thursday afternoon, the Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency was scheduled to discuss the alleged swingers club. Rather, no debate occurred.

“I just didn’t think that was an appropriate place,” said Greg Lugar, the redevelopment agency’s executive director. “It’s not just the family restaurants, but there’s a dance studio for kids next to it. There’s a lot of traffic in that area.”

Lugar said he was unsure whether swingers clubs are even legal on the Space Coast. ...

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