By Estella R. Fullmer
For Hometown News
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Pirate Isle Tattoos has moved from Julia Street to the Shoppes of Flagler Condo after the city Planning and Zoning Board's approval.
William and Jen Arney, owners of the tattoo parlor, requested a special exception to operate their business in a multi-use zone at 100 N. Cooper Lane, Unit 3.
At the May 6 board meeting, city staff recommended approving the request with some conditions, but some nearby residents and business owners expressed some concerns.
Kenneth Bohannon stated he represented some residents of the condo owners association and his clients felt this type of business was not consistent with the building or the surrounding businesses. He cited differences between the Julia Street location and Cooper Lane and the fact there were residents living above the proposed tattoo parlor and it may be disruptive. "Please consider a closing time of 6 p.m. or at least 7 p.m.," urged Mr. Bohannon.
A number of the condo's residents were present at the meeting and Mr. Bohannon claimed they were opposed to the tattoo parlor in the building. "That's why tattoo parlors are permitted by special exception so they can be evaluated on a case-by-case basis," he said.
Mr. Arney stated he had spoken to a number of business owners in the area and none of them expressed any concerns about the tattoo parlor. He also stated his business performs work by appointment only. He pointed out the area already houses permanent make-up artists, which are very similar to tattoo artists.
Board member Jessie Clark asked Ms. Arney why she wanted to move her business so soon after opening it on Julia Street. "We just aren't getting the traffic there," Ms. Arney said. "We want to be inside the Loop."
Ms. Arney hopes the new location will bring in more business from tourists on their way from the beach to the shuffleboard courts and shops along Flagler Avenue.
Kathleen Phillips and Allison Phillips, residents of Live Oak Street, spoke in favor of the new location as did Kimberly Johnson of South Myrtle Avenue. City Planner Kevin Jameson said he did receive one letter of opposition.
In the end, the board voted unanimously to recommend the city commission grant the special exception with two conditions. First they are not to operate the tattoo parlor between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. and secondly the parlor would be subject to all the requirements of Florida statutes regarding tattooing of minors. The City Commission approved the special exception at its May 14 meeting.
Pirate Isle Tattoos is now at 100 Cooper Lane, Unit 3, and provides a full range of services, including tattoos, body piercings and permanent cosmetics. In addition to tattoos the artists offer a variety of custom artwork in many styles and mediums including airbrushing, painting, portraiture, custom furniture and murals.
The shop is open noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays. Appointments can be arranged by calling (386) 957-3838.