The owner of LeBoy is upset over the removal of his ads from city-owned eco bins and said he may sue the city in response.
“I’m not going to let it slide by,” said Sean David, owner of LeBoy, a gay strip club in Fort Lauderdale. The ads went up three weeks before Halloween, on eco bins near Northeast 8 Avenue and Wilton Drive, and were taken down shortly after. David said his money was returned.
David is accusing the city of removing his ads, which featured two shirtless men from the midsection up, while allowing similar ads to remain including one that showed the entire body of a man only wearing a jockstrap. He said someone from Smartlite, the ad company Wilton Manors contracts with to manage the advertising on the eco bins, told him the city was responsible. But he declined to give the name.
David, who said he advertised similar ads before without a problem, said he received his money back but still has never gotten an explanation as to why his ads were removed this time.
“My contract requires them to give me a notice and chance to remedy. I received no notice and no chance to remedy anything. I really feel like somebody in the city didn’t like it. I was very upset. When I buy a space, that real estate is mine. Nobody talked to me.”
Leisure Services Department Director Patrick Caan and City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson both said the city did not make the decision to remove the ads. Henderson and Caan said those decisions are left up to Smartlite.
“We don’t do any ad reviews,” Henderson said.
David’s attorney is Russell Cormican, the law partner of attorney Norm Kent, publisher of the South Florida Gay News. On Feb. 21, he submitted an information request related to any city communications
Smartlite did not return multiple messages requesting an interview.