Gulfport seeks to close two "nuisance" businesses

By WLOX Staff

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The City of Gulfport is fighting crime by trying to get rid of two businesses. City officials filed separate complaints in Chancery Court Thursday to close the Osaka Spa on Highway 49 and the Boiler Room Lounge on 30th Avenue.

The complaint against the Boiler Room says based on a history of criminal activity, parking issues and disturbances, the barroom has become a public nuisance, leading to a diminished quality of life for the surrounding neighborhood and a safety concern for patrons.

Gulfport police have been called out to the Boiler Room on numerous occasions in recent years, the last of which was this past weekend when a man allegedly held a gun to the head of a club security guard. A fight broke out and police were needed to defuse the situation.

On Easter Sunday, one man was killed and a woman was seriously injured in a shooting at the club.

"Above all, our primary responsibility is the health and safety of our citizens," Chief Weatherford said. "The violence at the Boiler Room is unacceptable and we must be proactive."

"I want to thank the residents in this neighborhood who have worked with the city and partnered with the Police Department to help bring a swift resolution to this dangerous situation," Mayor Schloegel said.

"All of us have a responsibility to protecting our city, whether it's volunteering to mentor at-risk youth, calling an anonymous tip line, partnering with police in your neighborhood or raising your own children."

The City of Gulfport also listed the Osaka Spa in a similar public nuisance complaint. City leaders said the spa has continuously violated the city's Massage Parlor Ordinance through the hiring of "unlicensed" massage therapists and allowing massages to be conducted in concealed rooms.

According to the complaint, the spa sponsors "lewdness, soliciting sex services and engaging in prostitution."

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