DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - The night of Monday, July 15, the Daphne City Council passed an ordinance which places restrictions on how and where tattoo parlors and adult novelty stores can set up shop.
The Community Standards ordinance will take effect in just a matter of days, after it's signed by the mayor and given to the local newspaper.
Lynn Williams watched on as the city council makes it tougher for her business, Lucy's Love Shop, to set up shop in the city limits.
"It's a couple oriented romance shop," Williams said.
Yet, since roughly one-quarter of Lucy's sales comes from novelties for couples, she expects to be classified as an adult novelty shop. Which, starting Monday night, means strict restrictions on licensing and location.
"The parameters that they're setting for tonight, you have to be 500 feet from a residential area, and if you notice on the maps there's no where we can go that is 500 feet from a residential area, so that pretty much eliminates any place that we can go," Williams said.
Williams will also have to be 1,000 feet from any school, day care, church, public park and other adult businesses.
Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood said the Community Standards ordinance is nothing new, just a re-tooling of the old one on the books. He said it also has nothing to do with "cleaning up" the Jubilee City.
So FOX10 News asked if the mayor minds seeing adult novelty shops and tattoo parlors in the city.
"I think we certainly want to be family oriented, that's what our identity is, so we want to maintain that," Haygood said. "I think that there are proper, appropriate restrictions in place in terms of proximity to schools, proximity from another business, certainly all businesses are welcome here in the city of Daphne, but we hopefully will maintain a family oriented image."
Haygood said the city has taken public input on the ordinance, and talked to businesses. One concern from them, labeling the way they make a living as "indecent".
You'll now find language like that in a separate ordinance, largely focused on specific cases like city rules on indecent exposure.
"We took that input and they participated in the process," Haygood said. "They may not all be extremely happy with the outcome, but we think it's fair and at the end of the day it's what the council feels is best for the city of Daphne."
To Williams' dismay, that was made abundantly clear Monday night.
City officials say the ordinance will take effect in seven to ten days.
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