Cameron County denies attorney’s application for topless bar on South Padre Island

The Cameron County Commissioners Court on Tuesday blocked a local attorney’s plans to build a topless bar just north of Beach Access No. 6 on South Padre Island.

Commissioners voted during a regular meeting to deny Larry Mark Polsky’s sexually oriented business application.

Dylbia Vega, legal counsel to the commissioners court, said the court has 10 days to give its decision in writing. The deadline is Feb. 2. Polsky has the option of appealing the decision in district court.

Previously, his application was denied by the Sheriff’s Department because commissioners found that a public beach is also a public park. In Texas, sexually oriented businesses cannot be located within 1,500 feet of a public park.

Polsky also failed to notify all nearby property owners of his intentions, the rejection letter stated, which made his application incomplete.