City mulls tattoo shops
The Key West Planning Board will have a special meeting Monday to develop recommendations on the number and location of tattoo shops that would be allowed to open on the island if the city's ban on them is struck down.
The city banned tattoo shops 40 years ago at the request of Navy officials, who did not want sailors getting tattoos. The investors in Key West Ink, 717 Duval St., are suing the city, claiming the regulation violates their constitutional rights to freedom of expression. One of the investors, Jim McAlhany, recently asked city commissioners to work with him instead of fighting him on creating a safe and healthy place for people to get tattoos. The shop now does body-painting and henna tattoos.
If the City Commission approves, Bethel wants no more than two or three tattoo shops on Duval Street, he said, adding that the city could hold a lottery for the licenses.
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