The owner of a local nightspot is still hoping he can persuade the city of Rome to allow a Girls Gone Wild promotional event in October.

The Rome Alcohol Control Commission voted unanimously Monday night to deny Brent McCrobie’s request to host a

“Girls Gone Wild” promotional event at McCrobie’s, 325 Broad St.

Nudity and sexually oriented entertainment is barred from establishments with alcohol licenses.

David Guldenschuh, McCrobie’s attorney, told the ACC that film crews in the bar would be looking for clothed women and security would be present to deter spontaneous “flashing.”

A press release issued Tuesday, written by Guldenschuh and e-mailed Tuesday by Charles Craton III, who was helping to organize the event, stated:

“Despite the actions of the Alcohol Control Commission (ACC) last night, McCrobie’s will not be deterred from moving forward with the Girls Gone Wild event as scheduled on October 24, 2009 in Rome, GA.

“Last night the ACC made an unprecedented decision to deny a legal event to be held in downtown Rome. There was no rational or legal basis for the decision rendered, and McCrobie’s believes the ACC vote violated the law.”

The headline of the press release read: MCROBIE’S NOT DETERRED BY ACC VOTE; MOVING FORWARD WITH LEGAL GIRLS GONE WILD PARTY

McCrobie told the Rome News-Tribune he would not do anything the city had determined would be illegal.

Guldenschuh told the newspaper that he still hopes to work out a legal agreement with the city to allow the Girls Gone Wild Bus to come to Rome.

He said McCrobie’s comments to the newspaper are consistent with the tone of the press release, stressing an attempt to find a legal compromise.

City of Rome officials, however, indicated they are not optimistic an agreement can be reached.

Mayor Wright Bagby said there is no appeals process for an ACC decision. He said he doesn’t think the ACC would approve any Girls Gone Wild event downtown.

City Commissioner Bill Fricks, who chairs the ACC and voted against McCrobie’s request, said Tuesday he doesn’t think the committee could be swayed.

Rome News Tribune