Centerville Fortune Teller Resolves Lawsuit with City

5:45 PM, Apr 28, 2010   |    comments
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The city of Centerville says it plans to repeal an ordinance forbidding fortunetelling and similar practices.

This comes after business owner Courtney Bibb filed a lawsuit against the city.

Earlier this month, the city of Centerville sent Bibb, owner of Energy Among Us, a letter asking her to stop services that violated a city ordinance.

 

On Wednesday, Bibb straightened up her shop and says she's already starting to feel more at home now that her way of life is no longer at odds with the city.

"This is my dream. This is my passion. This is my belief," says Bibb. "I've always wanted to do this."

Bibb says she never thought she'd have to sue to follow her beliefs.

Her store Energy Among Us offers services such as yoga, aromatherapy, and fortunetelling.

About four months after she opened her doors, the city told her that fortunetelling for pay was against the law.

 

"I didn't understand that," says Bibb. "Right then and there, I was going to do something about it. I wasn't going to close my doors just to close them."

Bibb's suit against the city was set for a federal court hearing Tuesday, but she says her lawyer called before it.

He told her the city agreed to rescind the ordinance from 1985 forbidding her work.

City administrator Patrick Eidson says the city decided to settle out of court Tuesday.

"They made a decision that it was in the city's best interest to go ahead and negotiate the settlement with Ms. Bibb," Eidson says.

He says city council plans to rescind the ordinance next Tuesday at its regular meeting.

Bibb says the decision was a long time coming, and hopes her fight paves the way for others to pursue their dreams.

"I'm just glad that I have other people open minded and finally coming to their senses," says Bibb. "This is 2010. A lot of things have changed over the years, especially since 1985."

 

 

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