The Sunshine State: A Ray of Hope for Content Producers
By: Lawrence G. Walters, Esq.
- I. Mandatory Condom Law Spurs Potential Exodus from L.A. Area
- II. Content Producers Consider Their Alternatives
- III. The Climate in Florida
- IV. Historical Basis for Locating in California
- V. Why Florida?
- VI. Conclusion
 R. Ling II, Landmark condom law for porn filming signed by L.A. mayor, LOS ANGELES TIMES (January 24, 2012), available at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/01/landmark-condom-law-for-porn-filming-signed-by-la-mayor.html.
 M. Harris, Simi Council to take up adult video condom ordinance, VENTURA COUNTY STAR (January 29, 2012), available at: http://www.vcstar.com/entertainment/simi-council-to-take-up-adult-video-condom-ordinance-ep-363970095-352167801.html.
 M. Harris, Simi researching enforcement option for proposed porn condom ordinance, VENTURA COUNTY STAR(February 15, 2012), available at: http://www.vcstar.com/entertainment/simi-researching-enforcement-option-for-proposed-porn-condom-ordinance-ep-363914125-352150631.html.
 R. Ling II, Porn firms consider leaving L.A. after condom vote, LOS ANGELES TIMES (January 18, 2012), available at:http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/01/porn-firms-consider-leaving-la-following-mandatory-condom-vote.html.
 Id. "Hirsch said porn firms featuring condoms don't sell as well, because people who watch adult films 'are interested in the fantasy aspect of it, so I think they'd rather watch films without condoms'."
 J. Rogers, Los Angeles Council requires condoms in porn films, ASSOCIATED PRESS (January 18, 2012), available at: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/los-angeles-council-requires-condoms-221820808.html.
 R. Ling II, Condoms in porn: Moving industry out of state could be difficult, LOS ANGELES TIMES (January 19, 2012), available at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/01/condoms-in-porn-moving-industry-out-of-state-could-be-difficult.html.
 K. Marshall, Porn nearby, FLORIDA TIMES UNION (December 2, 2007), available at: http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/120207/lif_221825643.shtml.
 See, Cops Look at Porn Bus Investigation, ADULT FYI (November 18, 2004), available at:http://www.adultfyi.com/read.php?ID=6992. On November 18, 2004, the South Florida news station and website WPLG ran a video segment and article revealing the staged nature of the videos. A follow-up piece was aired the next day wherein police responded to questions about the legality of the activity and conceded that no laws were being broken in the production of the videos.
 Openly embracing a more 'international' approach to public nudity, Florida is home to dozens of nude, naturist, and clothing-optional beaches, resorts and events, located throughout the state. See e.g., Haulover Beach (Miami-Dade County); South Beach (Miami-Dade County); Hobe Sound (Martin County); Apollo Beach (Volusia County); St. Lucie Inlet (Martin County); Caliente Resort (Land O' Lakes, FL); Cypress Cove Resort (Kissimmee, FL); Riviera Naturist Resort (Pace, FL); Rooftop Resort (Hollywood, FL); Sunnier Palms (Fort Pierce, FL); Fantasy Fest (Key West, FL); Sunsport Gardens Winter Festival (Loxahatchee, FL).
 D. Henthorn, Florida's Nude & Clothing Optional Guide, ABOUT.COM FLORIDA TRAVEL, available at: http://goflorida.about.com/cs/floridabeaches/a/nude_guide.htm (last visited Feb. 9, 2012).
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 A. Lengel, Arrest of Author of Pedophile Book Raises Legal Issues, AOL NEWS (December 21, 2010), available at:http://www.aolnews.com/2010/12/21/arrest-of-pedophile-guide-author-phillip-greaves-raises-legal-is.
 State v. McCowen, Case Nos.: 06-CF-3051C (Fla. 1st Cir. Ct. 2006) & 07-823-CFA (Fla. 1st Cir. Ct. 2007.)
 People v. Freeman, 250 Cal. Rptr. 589 (Cal. 1988). cert. denied 488 U.S. 1311 (1988) (Pandering laws could not be used as a "tool to impose a system of government censorship of erotic materials.")
 For a full discussion on People v. Freeman's impact on the adult entertainment industry and related issues, see the author's article regarding the same; L. Walters, Creating Adult Content Outside of California, WALTERS LAW GROUP(August 2007), available at: https://www.firstamendment.com/content-outside-california.
 New Hampshire v. Theriault, No. 2007-601 (N.H. Sup. Ct. Dec. 4, 2008) (Banning sex-for-money in all contexts would ban an entire area of constitutionally protected speech.)
 See, London Overtakes New York as Top Global Fashion Capital, Language Monitor (August 20, 2011), available at: http://www.languagemonitor.com/fashion/london-overtakes-new-york-as-top-global-fashion-capital. (Listing Miami as one of the top 30 "Fashion Capitals" of the world.)
 See 2012 XBIZ Summit website, available at: http://www.xbizmiami.com/index.php (last visited Feb. 9, 2012).
 Skyywalker Records, Inc. v. Navarro, 739 F. Supp. 578 (S.D. Fla. 1990) rev'd, 960 F. 2d 134 (11th Cir. 1992).
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 Illness Keeps Secrets Clerk from Obscenity Trial, OCALA STAR BANNER (Sept. 20, 1995), available at:http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1356&dat=19950920&id=98BPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0AcEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2421,2441534
 Jury Acquits Love of Obscenity Charge, OCALA STAR BANNER (Feb. 19, 1998), available at:http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1356&dat=19980219&id=g3pRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NwgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5349,1335640
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 One exception involved a foreign defendant accused of distributing 'scat' material including the infamous 2 Girls 1 Cup video. See, U.S. v. Croce, et al, Case No.: 6:06-cr-00182-GAP-DAB (M.D. Fla. 2007).
 P. Rudie, Why Tampa is the lap dance capital of the world, WTSP CHANNEL 10 NEWS (February 23, 2010), available at: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=125815.
 Associated Press, Pornography Battle Heats Up in Orlando, SARASOTA-HERALD TRIBUNE (January 20, 1990), available at: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1755&dat=19900120&id=6iUhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GXoEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6797,5210432.
 D. Morey, Sex Sells, ORLANDO WEEKLY (August 28, 2008), available at:http://www2.orlandoweekly.com/news/story.asp?id=12578.
 See K. Melloy, Calif. To Outlaw Barebacking in Porn?, EDGE BOSTON (June 1, 2011), available at:http://www.edgeboston.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=national&sc3=&id=120259; D. Romero, State Investigates Larry Flynt's Porn Productions After Complaint About Lack of Condom Use, LA WEEKLY (September 17, 2010), available at:http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2010/09/larry_flynt_hustler_investigat.php.
 See, Adult Industry Shocked at Employee Status of Adult Performers, AVN (September 18, 2004), available at:http://business.avn.com/articles/video/Adult-Industry-Shocked-at-Employee-Status-of-Adult-Performers-40426.html.
 Of course, the federal OSHA has jurisdiction in all fifty states.
 See, Florida Health Dept. Investigating Porn Industry Safety Complaints, BUSINESS WIRE (June 24, 2010). available at: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100624005471/en/Florida-Health-Dept.-Investigating-Porn-Industry-Safety. "June 3rd Letter Confirms Chief Legal Counsel for Florida Dept. of Health Has "…Begun an Investigation…" of Health and Safety Complaints Filed Under Florida 'Sanitary Nuisance' Statutes against Florida's Growing Adult Film Industry Over Production of Condom-Less Films in February, AHF Submitted Complaints with 10 Adult Films from four Florida Production Companies Filmed without Condoms That Demonstrate Unprotected Exchange of Bodily Fluids."