When it comes to Daphne, Alabama, One of the last things you think of is tattoo parlors.
"I can understand, they have rights and everything. But for Daphne? No," says Lorain Kobi of Daphne.
The city council is meeting Monday night, voting on a few changes, but Daphne's lone tattoo parlor is not at risk. Businesses like tattoo parlors and adult entertainment were grouped under what was called the Public Indecency Ordinance. Some took issue with their business being labeled "indecent", so they'll call the new one the Community Standards Ordinance. This ordinance will also more clearly define the zoning districts in which they are allowed to operate, whereas the old one had no clear guidelines.
We spoke with an employee here at Royal Street Tattoo who didn't want to go on camera but says the city of Daphne has been great at listening to their concerns and finding common ground.
According to the new ordinance, tattoo parlors will have to be at least 250 feet from schools, churches, parks, residential areas, and other tattoo parlors. They'll also be allowed in the B-1 and B-2 zoning districts which make up most of highway 98. But there are some who think one in Daphne is enough.
"Well, this is an old people community so I don't think they'll have much business here. They're welcome to do it but they won't make enough profit probably," says Lauren Pearce.
And meanwhile others try to fight against the stigma many still hold in their minds. Tattoo parlors are commonly closed on Mondays. Under the new ordinance they'll be allowed to operate between the hours of 8 A.M. and midnight. Any violators can be fined at least $50 a day, six months in jail or both depending on the court ruling.
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