Birmingham City Council revokes Bali Spa license
BIRMINGHAM - AL —
Birmingham City Councilman Johnathan Austin says there's no excuse.
"It's just ridiculous," he said.
He can't believe what one city business has been allegedly doing right under council's nose.
"Allegations of drugs, sex and doing business without a license," Austin said. "This is just ridiculous."
The business license for Bali Spa, located at 9533 Parkway East in Birmingham, has now been revoked. In the last two months, police have arrested nine people in connection with soliciting prostitution and operating without a business license.
Bali Spa's lawyer told the council the owner, James Lee of Magic Touch, Inc., knew nothing about it.
"I would find it unfortunate that we would have to fault the owner, or the licensee for the practices of one or two employees," his lawyer said.
But council members weren't buying it.
"I was just curious to know, how many busts for prostitution do you think we should allow before we pull the business license?'" Councilwoman Valerie Abbot asked.
"[The allegations] establish a nuisance from my personal point-of-view," Councilwoman Kim Rafferty said.
With the revocation of Bali Spa's license, council members hope other businesses that might be conducting these kind of actions, take notice.
"Hopefully, this will be a standout to those businesses who choose to operate in this manner," Councilwoman LaShunda Scales said.
Austin thinks the council must have a more hands-on approach with dealing business licenses, similar to approval of liquor or dance licenses, to help keep these type of instances at a minimum.