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Key West settles with tattoo artist for $425,000

MiamiHerald / The city of Key West has reached a $425,000 settlement with a tattoo artist it tried to stop from opening a new shop in the historic district, citing an old law later struck down by an appellate court.

Brad Buehrle has agreed to drop his federal case against the city, filed in May 2013 after the city rejected his application to open a tattoo business in Old Town. Insurance will cover the payment, said attorney Michael Burke, who handled the case for Key West.

“The city will not ultimately be paying any of the settlement proceeds,” Burke wrote in a recent letter to City Attorney Shawn Smith.

Burke added Buehrle was ready to present evidence of having lost $700,000 in economic damages plus additional damages such as mental distress.

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