- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - Ocean Spring aldermen have created a new commercial zone for tattoo shops.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1RIUvzN) the change will allow internationally known tattoo artist Matt Stebly to open an art gallery and tattoo shop on Government Street.

Stebly, great-grandson to the city’s best-known artist, Walter Anderson, told the board of aldermen Tuesday having walk-in traffic was key to his ideas for the new business.

Stebly said the change was needed for the overall tattoo community and not just for the business he is planning for Government Street.

Jeffrey Sauls, who owns the Keyes house Stebly is remodeling for the shop, spoke in favor of the zoning change. The house is a piece of city history, he said, adding it’s important that the look not change.

“In my opinion, there’s an art gallery going in,” Sauls said. “One of his art forms happens to be tattoos. Tattoo art. He’s remodeling and I think it will be an asset.”

City Planner Carolyn Martin told the board the zoning change keeps tattoo shops from setting up within 400 feet of a church, day care, funeral home or park and 1,000 feet from another tattoo shop, check-cashing business or pawn shop.

He said that limits a cluster of tattoo businesses.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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