SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) - Another Baldwin County city is taking measures to not allow tattoo parlors inside city limits. Although not official yet, Spanish Fort is considering a proposed amendment to the city's permitted uses and conditions table that would make it difficult for a tattoo parlor to set up shop.
After reviewing their current rules for businesses, the city planning commission recommended adding tattoo parlors, but not permit them to operate under any of the city's zoning districts. This would effectively prevent any parlors from setting up shop. Not everyone in Spanish Fort thinks it's a good idea.
"I mean, I guess they're being in more public places. I mean people feel like, ah you know, they have a stereotype of tattoo parlors, but there's nothing wrong with it," said Lee Watters. "I mean, I know people that are in their 40s, 50s and 60s that have tattoos."
There were of course those who disagreed and think the city is moving in the right direction.
"It's kind of a small community and I think the children are having enough trouble without having that exposed to them also, so that's why I don't like them," said Janis Labanosky who favors the ban.
"I don't think it needs to be here," agreed Terri Young. "I mean the people you see hanging outside of tattoo parlors and what not…most people don't want to see in Spanish Fort."
Spanish Fort Mayor, Mike McMillan was not available for comment Wednesday, but the city attorney did say the public will have a chance to voice their opinions on the matter before the city council votes on it. That will be at the regularly scheduled city council meeting April 1, 2013.
Also up for public input at that April first meeting are proposed permitted use and conditions changes to veterinary services and to allow for computer and phone stores to do business in the city. The council could vote on all of these matters at the close of the public hearing.
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