Arizona San Tan Flat
Challenging Pinal County's Dancing Prohibition
Dale Bell just wanted to run his family business with his son, but Pinal County’s ridiculous obsession with dancing stood in the way of his American Dream.
Dale and his son Spencer opened San Tan Flat, a popular Country & Western restaurant, in Pinal County, Arizona in 2005. Shortly thereafter, County officials dusted off an obscure ban on outdoor dancing in what appears to be a blatant attempt to drive Dale out of business. Saying customers can sway to the family-friendly entertainment provided on weekends, but not move their feet, is rightfully making Pinal County a national laughingstock. Threatening Dale with over two hundred thousand dollars in fines and forcing him to be the dance police, the County became a poster child of outrageous government abuse.
The Constitution protects Dale’s right to earn an honest living free from unreasonable government regulation and the Institute for Justice successfully asked the courts to protect these rights.