Prince William County's Silver Fox nightclub was, apparently, a little too foxy for county officials.
The County Board of Supervisors, by a 5-to-2 vote, has refused to renew a special use permit for the club that has regularly featured nearly nude male dancers for the last five years.
Supervisors who voted to deny an extension of the permit said they did so because of persistent complaints about the club on Rte. 1 in Woodbridge. The club's manager was slain there in July by a shotgun wielding patron.
"I think it's a public nuisance," said Supervisor G. Anthony Guiffre, who represents the district at the opposite end of the county. "If people want that type of thing," Guiffre said, "they can go somewhere else."
Guiffre also cited reports of 47 crimes at the club in the last year, including the killing.
County Board Chairman G. Richard Pfitzner supported the club's permit. "The real problem is that the young people have got to have some place to go," he said. "If we close it down, all the kids are going to go into Georgetown, they'll be tired, and they'll be coming back home on I-95 and we'll have some horrendous accidents."
County police did not oppose renewal of the permit.
Supervisor Kathleen Seefeldt, who represents the district that includes the club, requested extension of the permit. "I don't think the club is an asset," she said later, "but I can't say they haven't tried to lessen the negatives."
Club officials could not be reached for comment.
The board's action means the Silver Fox can no longer have live bands or entertainers, but can still operate as a bar and restaurant with taped music and dancing among patrons.