Though the fortune-telling ban in New Smyrna Beach, Florida has been struck down, city commissioners decided last week to limit where such businesses will be allowed to locate.
The new rules will allow psychic businesses to set up shop in the highway service business district and the planned shopping center zoning areas.
They will not, however, be welcome in the beachside commercial hub.
Even in the areas where psychic businesses will be allowed, licenses will be granted only on a case-by-case basis.
According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, some business owners and councilors are concerned about the demographic that might be attracted to psychic readers, and that such businesses are not ‘family friendly.’
In my experience, people from all walks of life visit psychics and Tarot readers, so I’m a little surprised that the City is concerned about the clients a psychic business might attract.
I’m pleased though that they’ve at least repealed the ban and hope that all goes well. Other cities in the region have not had the courage to go even that far.
Psychic businesses are still illegal in the cities of Daytona Beach Shores, DeBary, Deltona, South Daytona, Oak Hill Beach, Ormond Beach, and Volusia County.
They are legal but regulated in Edgewater and DeLand.