Dumb Org Staff

Have you seen this story out of San Antonio? Talk about zoning enforcement!

Andrew Spurgin, AICP
City of Alexandria, VA

Bikini Car Wash Reopens Despite City’s Efforts To Close It Down

A controversial car wash on the South Side is back open despite the efforts of city officials to close it down.

The Bikini Car Wash is located on South Flores near Babel. Friday afternoon, the music was blaring, the hoses were running, and the workers were washing. But not everyone is happy about it.

The City of San Antonio tried to shut the small business down, but learned the car wash isn’t breaking any laws. There are no ordinances prohibiting washing a car while wearing a bikini.

After fixing a drain that shut his business down temporarily, owner Ricardo Arsate’s first day with the water back on caused a lot of rubber-necking and the lining up of a steady stream of dirty cars waiting for a soapy sponge.

“It feels great,” Arsate told News 4. “I’ve been working on this for a long time. I’ve been thinking about this since I was a kid. So, hey, it’s good.”

Arsate isn’t the only winner. His employees are also winners since they still have a job.

“It is a job, and it’s paying bills like everybody else has, and we’re trying to do the best that we can,” said employee Tiana Smith.

Customer Vincent Alejos drove all the way across town to get his car cleaned.

“I’m supporting the business,” said Alejos. “That’s all I’m doing. I’m trying to put money back into this economy.”

If business keeps booming, Arsate said he plans to open up another Bikini Car Wash, possibly on the North Side.