Council members introduce new public nudity ordinance

KHQ Local News

Updated: May 05, 2015 2:00 PM CST

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane City Council members Mike Fagan and Mike Allen are introducing a new ordinance dealing with public nudity. The ordinance would tighten up the rules on public nudity by requiring more to be covered or restrict the areas where these type of businesses can operate.

7664042_GThis ordinance comes after a previous initiative was thrown out for lack of enough signatures from registered voters. Fagan became interested in this issue after a Montessori school opened up across the street from a “bikini barista” stand called Devil’s Brew.

Parents of students who attend the school say the stand is offensive because of its proximity to the school and the “uniform” that the baristas have been spotted in.

“The gal was totally bare breasted except for pasties,” says Laura Lympus, mother of a first grader at the school. “That felt like it was crossing the line in terms of public nudity.”

Rachel Nicholson also has a child at the school and says that students were even being distracted while in class. “They had to rearrange furniture to try and direct attention away from looking out the windows at the stand,” says Nicholson. “We don’t have a choice.”

Lympus and Nicholson aren’t the only parents who are concerned. Many of them were behind the initiative that didn’t pass and now they say this new ordinance could be a fair compromise.

“It’s a problem in the city and a lot of people feel this way,” says Kellie Collet, parent of two boys.

The ordinance will be introduced to City Council Monday night. First reading will be on May 11th and voting will be the following week.

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