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Appeals Court Reverses Tattoo Shop Ruling

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Appeals Court Reverses Tattoo Shop Ruling

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Appeals Court Reverses Tattoo Shop Ruling

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A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling barring a Virginia man from opening a tattoo shop in Key West, Fla. It said the city didn't show the shop would hurt tourism.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Green. A legal case in Key West became an argument about - what else? - Jimmy Buffett lyrics. The city refused to allow a new tattoo shop, and they cited "Margaritaville" - the line about a brand-new tattoo; how it got here, I haven't a clue.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MARGARITAVILLE")

JIMMY BUFFETT: (Singing) I haven't a clue.

GREENE: While officials thought the song might make a good point, boozy tourists could regret that ink. But an appeals court pointed out that the singer is not ashamed of his tattoo. In fact, he calls it a cutie. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, and it's MORNING EDITION.

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