It is the intended purpose of this chapter to recognize the importance and benefits of freedom of expression to a democratic society. Experience has shown, however, that adult entertainment facilities, as defined herein, are detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare. Adult entertainment facilities are historically linked with organized crime, prostitution, narcotics, and other unlawful and criminal activity. These activities often lead to the development of public nuisances, including moral nuisances. Therefore, the licensing and operation of adult entertainment facilities should be regulated and monitored through the system of licensing and operating regulations contained in this chapter. (Ord. 1698 § 3, 1997).