Palm Beach Libertarians help Delray tattoo shop owner fight city hall and win

Rebecca Loveless, the owner of Tradition Tatoo, gives Paul Collinson his first tattoo.



Last night, Tradition Tattoo shop owner Rebecca Loveless had a quasi-judicial hearing with the Delray Beach City Commission regarding whether she could move her Boca Raton tattoo salon to the City of Delray Beach. She won! For your reference, I wrote an article on the issue this past Monday. Many members of the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County (LPPalmBeach) both wrote the city commission and appeared at last night’s hearing to support Loveless and her small business effort. Although I was the only Libertarian who spoke in favor of allowing Loveless to open, several members showed up to show their support, including (but not limited to) LPPalmBeach Chair Shane George, Vice-Chair Marc Tancer, and Treasurer Larry Stone. No one at the meeting spoke out against Tradition Tattoo. But don’t get too excited, as city commissioners didn’t want Delray residents to have too much freedom because they restricted Loveless to only doing tattoos, no piercings allowed!

Loveless, who lives in Delray Beach, had signed a lease for a space in the south end of Delray after meeting with Delray’s planning and zoning earlier this year who recommended she open up shop there. So, she signed a lease and had to stop renovations once some members had concerns about Delray having its first tattoo shop. Loveless has now been paying rent on both spaces, even though the Delray location has remained empty. The city commission refused to give her final approval even though there was nothing restricting a tattoo shop from opening in the city. No one spoke against the tattoo shop from opening and ultimately, last night, all the city commissioners did the right thing by voting in favor of Loveless. After stating earlier that the case would be determined based on fact and not the character of tattoos or tattoo recipients, the mayor finished the quasi-judicial hearing with a long list of derogatory statements concerning tattoo shops and their effect on surrounding neighborhoods. A video of last night’s meeting can be found here:

Unfortunately, it was only a half win for Libertarians as, even though city commissioners voted to permit Loveless to open Tradition Tattoo in Delray Beach, last night they voted on at least a 90-day moratorium of future tattoo shops from opening until the city can update their zoning regulations as they pertain to tattoo shops (Reso 26-16 Zoning in Progress ResolutionTattooStudio (1)-Delray). As mentioned earlier, there is nothing in the city’s code that restrict a tattoo shop from operating in the city limits.

Libertarians are not for or against tattoo shops and are free marketers when it comes to individuals transacting voluntary business with others. This is especially true in Loveless’ case  because her business has the added benefit of artistic expression which is protected by the U.S. Constitution.


Karl Dickey Signs On With Small Business Effort

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Karl Dickey for Palm Beach County Commission

5970 SW 18th ST #331, Boca Raton, FL 33433 888.394.0908

NEWS RELEASE    January 22, 2009               For Immediate Release

Karl Dickey Signs On With Small Business Effort

Boca Raton, FL – Karl Dickey, 2010 candidate for Palm Beach County Commission and candidate to be appointed to the Commission by Governor Crist announced today his supportive efforts of NFIB’s Your Dollar, Your Decision campaign. The NFIB is the National Federation of Independent Business and has an effort underway to keep local county and municipal spending within the range of the local population. Any further spending by the local government would need voter approval.

Today Mr. Dickey signed the petition to get their constitutional amendment petition on the 2010 ballot. In addition, he has offered the campaign his help in gathering signatures and anything else he can do to help get the initiative passed.

Karl Dickey said today, “It is long overdue for our comissioners to keep the county spending of public taxpayer money within reason. Palm Beach County has been living beyond it’s means for too many years and it is time to truly reign in our spending and thereby the tax burden to our taxpayers. I look forward to working with small business leaders of all political persuasions in getting this important legislation passed. This legislation will help return some power back to the people which is consistent with my efforts to lessen the power I and fellow commissioners would have in the future. Politics should not be about power, it should be about service to our citizens, lessening the public’s burden of high taxes, and helping everyone from senior citizens to our small business community prosper. I will work ethically to make certain our county government moves towards these goals.”

More information on the NFIB effort can be found at: