FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) - It's a quaint town with small shops and beautiful flowers, brick walkways, a sandy beach and a pier overlooking Mobile Bay.
Fairhope is a city where the arts thrive, and large oak trees are grounded in front yards casting shadows onto manicured front lawns.
If you drive downtown, you will find an American flag waving at 212 Magnolia Avenue and just behind the door is an artist waiting to create masterpieces.
That artist is Kevin Black, and he wants to open a tattoo parlor in downtown Fairhope. But one week before his shop opened, his business licence was denied.
Some have mixed feelings about the business and the type of customers it will attract.
Fairhope City Councilman Rick Kingrea said the council wants to keep Fairhope as family friendly as possible and believes the business may do better elsewhere.
"I think it would change the landscape because the way it's viewed and the way I saw it when I came here. It's a very laid back family oriented little time bubble and a tattoo parlor doesn't look like it fits the landscape," said Phyllis Pittman.
"You have individual shops, local talent, and it's just a unique area. If you started throwing in a tattoo parlor, I think it will take away from the artistic side of it and cheapen it up," Karen Waller said.
But others said that's why the business would thrive in Fairhope, a community with individualism and art.
"I think if it's done right, it's fine. Fairhope is about the arts and this is an art form," Karin Wilson said.
"America was founded on different types of culture. It's not culture that makes us who we are but it's everybody being individual and that's what makes America beautiful and we are loosing that," Brown said.
Mayor Tim Kant said the moratorium was proposed to make the public aware of the business and its location.
"If I lived right off the street from a tattoo parlor or any other business and it closed after five at night, I'd be concerned. "
The moratorium would have been for six months and was set up to give city planners a chance to "establish what is right and what is wrong and what the city wants and doesn't want," according to Kingrea.
But the city council decided not to issue a moratorium and to let the Fairhope adjustment board decided on the business.
"The board of adjustment will consider the use of interpretation and they will decide if the business use is allowed under general personal services," said Planning and Building Director Jonathan Smith.
Black says he is pleased with the outcome and will meet with the board on July 16.
"I have a lot of emotion tied up in this and this craft is very dear to me; it's the thing I can do best. For someone to try and take that away form me in an underhanded backroom politics is unacceptable," Black said.
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