Alaska Strip Club Owner Plans Summer Protest

By Associated Press 7:30 AM May 17, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska man is resurrecting a strip club he operated on board his converted crab boat before he was convicted on waste disposal charges involving the vessel.

This time, he’s billing the enterprise as a nightly protest.

Darren Byler says he will begin his summer-long “First Amendment Freedom of Assembly” demonstrations Thursday on the 94-foot Wild Alaskan.

He says the demonstrations will feature exotic dancers on the boat anchored off a harbor near the island city of Kodiak.

Byler has long alleged he was hit with the federal “poop” charges because authorities and others disapproved of the exotic-dancer business he ran in 2014. He is appealing his federal case.

Byler said the Wild Alaskan is no longer being run as a charter and he won’t be serving alcohol or charging admission to the vessel, although participants will need to pay $25 for a round-trip, two-minute water-taxi ride.

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