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Thread: [IowaAPA] Zoning Regulation of Cage Fighting?

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    George Wesselhoft
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    [IowaAPA] Zoning Regulation of Cage Fighting?

    All,



    Is anyone aware of any cities in Iowa that regulate cage fighting (or
    ultimate fighting, mixed martial arts, etc.) through their zoning ordinance?
    Believe it or not, but there is a cage fighting event scheduled for the
    Legion building here in Pella this weekend, and our City Attorney opinion is
    that we have nothing in current code to specifically regulate such. The one
    ordinance I have seen from Marion prohibits alcohol at such events, but this
    is not under their zoning ordinance.



    George Wesselhoft, AICP

    Planning and Zoning Director

    City of Pella

    100 Truman Road

    Pella, Iowa 50219

    (641) 628-1601

    Fax 628-1620

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    Erik Lundy
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    RE: [IowaAPA] Re: Zoning Regulation of Cage Fighting?

    Iowa law allows amatuer mixed martial arts and kickboxing unregulated as long as they are promoted by a nationally recongnized sanctioning body not owned or operated by the promoter. This would clearly violate the Ankeny provision. The Athletic Commission for the state which also regulates boxing requires licensing, bonding, and an athletic tax for professional events. Iowa Workforce Development oversees this under Chapter 90A.



    Someone might check with City of Shenandoah to see how the regulate it. They just had a contest a few weeks back where a kid broke his neck and was paralyzed.








    To: IowaAPA (AT) yahoogroups (DOT) com
    From: dlampe (AT) ci (DOT) ankeny.ia.us
    Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 14:23:00 +0000
    Subject: [IowaAPA] Re: Zoning Regulation of Cage Fighting?







    The City of Ankeny has a related section in our chapter on Public Peace.

    40.07 EXTREME FIGHTING CONTESTS. No person shall hold, promote, or participate in an extreme fighting contest within the City. For purposes of this section, "extreme fighting contest" means any amateur contest in which a person delivers or is not forbidden by the rules of such contest from delivering kicks, punches or blows of any kind to the body of an opponent. Extreme fighting contests may also be described as "no-holds-barred," "no rules," "ultimate fighting," "extreme fighting" or "shoot boxing." The term "extreme fighting contest" shall specifically exclude boxing, wrestling, or martial arts provided that such activities are conducted before a licensed official or in accordance with official rules adopted by a nationally recognized organization. Any person violating this section commits a simple misdemeanor.

    Debra Lampe
    Associate Planner


    --- In IowaAPA (AT) yahoogroups (DOT) com, "George Wesselhoft" <gwesselhoft@...> wrote:
    >
    > All,
    >
    >
    >
    > Is anyone aware of any cities in Iowa that regulate cage fighting (or
    > ultimate fighting, mixed martial arts, etc.) through their zoning ordinance?
    > Believe it or not, but there is a cage fighting event scheduled for the
    > Legion building here in Pella this weekend, and our City Attorney opinion is
    > that we have nothing in current code to specifically regulate such. The one
    > ordinance I have seen from Marion prohibits alcohol at such events, but this
    > is not under their zoning ordinance.
    >
    >
    >
    > George Wesselhoft, AICP
    >
    > Planning and Zoning Director
    >
    > City of Pella
    >
    > 100 Truman Road
    >
    > Pella, Iowa 50219
    >
    > (641) 628-1601
    >
    > Fax 628-1620
    >

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