DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - One day after the Daphne city council passed the Community Standard Ordinance placing restrictions on certain businesses, one woman spoke out about how much power local government should have in regards to how we make a living.
Despite some support in her favor, for Lynn Williams, the night of Monday, July 15 reaffirmed what she said she already knew: Daphne doesn't want her business, Lucy's Love Shop, an adult novelty store specializing in lingerie.
She said the city passing Community Standards proved that.
"Free enterprise, that's what this country was built on, free enterprise," Williams said. "Let us open, let us see if Daphne and the Eastern Shore wants us to be successful or not. If they don't spend any money in our store, then we're not going to stay."
Six months ago, Williams purchased $20,000 in inventory. Roughly one quarter of that is adult novelties, so special limitations on licensing and location will be imposed on her.
Less burdening restrictions will be placed on future tattoo parlors. The only one in town, Royal Street Tattoos, is grandfathered in.
Owner C.W. Neese didn't want to go on camera, but said he supports the council's decision.
Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood said the ordinance is not meant to target anyone, only make up for previous deficiencies on the books.
"It's interesting because there has been a lot of, I think, misunderstanding about this ordinance," Haygood said. "Really and truly this was brought about by staff who acknowledged the fact that we have a deficiency in our land use ordinance and our table of permitted uses. We did not provide the zoning districts that these type of businesses could locate in."
Williams said she had the ball rolling to move into a building off Highway 98, but couldn't since it's less than 500 feet from a residential community.
"There is not a single location that we can go, so the only place we can go is ‘commercial industrial,' which is basically for body shops and places that don't have a lot of walk-in, retail business," Williams said.
Williams feels the jubilee city has mistreated her.
"I've been lied to, discriminated against, and basically placated," Williams said.
The ordinance will take effect in roughly one week.
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