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Miamisburg OKs temporary ban on massage businesses

Miamisburg will put a hold on new massage businesses in the city.

The city council Tuesday night approved legislation for six-month moratorium on the “processing and issuance of zoning authorizations and certificates” for new massage establishments.

The proposal stems largely from a police raid involving “illegal activities” at a site near the Dayton Mall, Miamisburg Planner Ryan Homsi.

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The temporary ban was approved by emergency measure, meaning it takes effect immediately. Miamisburg has no standards specific to massage businesses, Homsi said.

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Imposing a moratorium “just gives us time to research if we want any of new standards and – if we do – what kind. It will give us time to research those and if need to implement some we can,” he said.

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About a handful of massage businesses operate in the city. If council approves the moratorium, it would not affect existing businesses, Homsi said.

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