The Alexandria City Council placed new restrictions on the operations of massage parlors yesterday by broadening the definition of a massage parlor increasing the license tax from 50 to $5,000 and giving the city health director the power to revoke a license if massages between members ofb oth sexes are performed.
A lawyer for an Alexandria health club owner immediately called the new ordinance "unconstitutional" and "unenforceable."
The strictly worded law broadens the definition of the operations to include health clubs, health spas, and Turkish bath houses. Under the old ordinance, only "massage parlors" were covered and licenses could be revoked only after a business was convicted of violating the two-year-old ban on cross-sex massage.
The city attorney said he would meet with police department officials this week to discuss enforcement of the new ordinance, the strongest vet in the city's crackdown on the onceflourishing massage parior trade that the FBI has called "a front for prostitution activities."
Tuesday night, the Council unanimously approved new restrictions on massage parlor hours. They are now allowed to operate only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The council also required the attendants to keep a "log book" of their services to customers.
At that meeting, Frederick Ford, an Alexandria attorney representing health club owner James Kihler, objected to the proposed ordinance. Ford also announced that his client intended to charge Alexandria Police Department officials with "conspiracy" in their use of a civilian volunteer to gather evidence against the parlors.
Ford accused the Council of "trying to regulate and control the private moral values of its citizens" and said the police department, in their unsuccessful massage parlor crackdown had "squandered thousands of dollars of taxpayers money to find out whether two adult citizens touched each other."
Alexandria City Attorney Cyril D. Calley acknowledged yesterday that the new ordinance was drawn up after it became apparent that the criminal investigation-using the civilian volunteer-had failed.*tThe Council moved quickly to speed the legislation when it was reported last month that three massage parlors-closed in massive FBI raid six months ago-had reopened under new ownership.
In other council action, a proposal that would require the installation of smoke detectors in buildings condefeated, and the relocation of a foster home for teen-age boys in the Del Ray section of the city was approved despite strong opposition from representatives of the community.