Commissioners reject Nevada brothel expansion plan
MOUND HOUSE, Nev. (AP) – Citing confusion over the owner’s intent, Lyon County commissioners have rejected a plan to expand the Moonlight Bunny Ranch brothel in this community just east of Carson City.
At a meeting last week, commissioners unanimously denied owner Dennis Hof’s request for a permit to place a 4,400-square-foot modular unit on his property.
Commissioners criticized Hof for failing to attend the hearing to explain his request, the Nevada Appeal reported.
Referring to recent national news stories, Commissioner Phyllis Hunewill noted Hof continues to say he’s going to build an ”adult Disneyland” on his property.
But she said Hof has told the commission he does not plan a major undertaking and that the expansion is only for office space, a gift shop and other limited uses.
The Moonlight Bunny Ranch is a legal Nevada brothel. Prostitution is illegal in Reno and Las Vegas, but is legal in 12 of Nevada’s 17 counties.
”I am really upset that he is not here … I would like him here personally to ask him exactly what his plans will be,” Hunewill said.
”I also have a problem with the way that he gets the results of these meetings out to the media immediately, and they are not what we actually approved.”
Hof spokesman Jim Snellings said he had assumed commissioners’ lengthy agenda would take longer, so he told Hof not to arrive until later in the day.
Snellings defended the $100,000 expansion, saying Hof would do as promised and would place the modular unit on a foundation outside the brothel.
”The gift shop idea was to eliminate people from entering the brothel that are not there for the brothel business,” he said.
But fire officials said a nearby hydrant could not provide an adequate water flow for fire protection.
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