Tolland revokes Electric Blue's suspension

Apr. 17—TOLLAND — The town has revoked the notice of suspension for the Electric Blue strip club after federal and state authorities raided the club last month.

"After consulting with our Town Attorney, special counsel, our Tolland Director of Planning, as well as discussions with Town Council, we are revoking the notice of suspension at this time," Town Manager Brian Foley said.

The club at 62 Merrow Road was shut down on March 16 after agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with the assistance of state police, conducted an investigation into claims of prostitution and sexual activity.

The town suspended the club's adult-oriented entertainment license for 30 days, as authorized by the town code.

On March 17, the club filed an appeal that would allow it to remain open pending a hearing with the Town Council.

Foley said that as defined by the town code under "adult orientated establishments," a business with a 30-day suspension has the right to file an appeal from the Town Council directly to the state Superior Court and can remain open during the appeals process.

"This would forward the case to the state of Connecticut court system at significant expense to the town only to fight a temporary suspension," he said.

Foley said the federal investigation involving the club is ongoing and information pertaining to the investigation currently sealed.

"The town will continue to monitor the investigation and business activity at the Electric Blue and take such action, if any, deemed necessary in the future," he said.

Jamila covers Coventry and Tolland for the Journal Inquirer.