EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]

Am I the only one who has looked across the street from Walgreens and seen the new porno shop we have in Des Moines now? We finally got rid of the all the pan handlers up on Pac Hwy and Kent Des Moines Road. Cleaned up all the planters in the middle of Pac Hwy. Yes, it’s finally looking spiffy for folks to drive down to the marina. And alas, now we have our SECOND porno shop that has all it’s parking secretly in the back. How convenient for the drugs and prostitution to take place where NO ONE can see. And our already stretched thin police department having to cruise in there if they do at all. I don’t know whether to scratch my head at the ignorance of ME or to shake my head at our civic leaders. Can a porno shop just move in anywhere. None of the rules/regs cover that new porno shop up there. If they did then it wouldn’t be there. Right next door to a dental clinic. Right behind it are apartments. Just a 1/2 block away is a donut shop. But hey, while you are waiting for your car repairs at the corner, go to the porno shop and mention who sent ya! And now we have that new beautiful hotel going in. Oh I bet they didn’t know about this porno shop when they broke ground huh? Too late… or maybe not!!! The beautiful waterland town is now the town known for 2 porno shops. Yeah, this is where I have laid down my roots. And we have a Christian day care, church and elementary school one block to the west. But none of that matters because of the type of building it has taken residence up in. If I build a deck the city is on my ass for NO permit. I guess putting up a porno shop is ok no matter where. Is it just me being a whiner…do I need to let go and tell my friends all about the new business? Will they have a booth at the market next year??? Thank you! Beverly Walker
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