Tobacco, Tattoos and Fortune Telling in Downtown Palm Springs?

May 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments

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Palm Springs, California might soon allow fortune telling, body piercing, tattooing and the sale of tobacco in its downtown core.

Presently businesses offering such services are restricted to areas defined as professional zones. But that might soon change.

The Palm Springs Planning Commission voted unanimously last Wednesday to go forward with a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the present restrictions.

The Director of Planning Services, Craig Ewing, described the existing restrictions as outdated and feels they should be changed to reflect present day attitudes, not ideas from 20 to 50 years ago.

Businesses are already offering these services in the downtown area. Some have been there since before the present laws came into effect.

Some are technically legal, but just so. Like the store that sells tobacco in less than 50 percent of its area, so as to be considered a gift shop rather than a tobacco shop.

Other businesses are simply breaking the law.

It sounds like Palm Springs is just making what’s already happening, legal across the board.

The public hearing is expected to be in late May or early June.

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