Federal Way city leaders approved restrictions Tuesday night on how much skin bikini baristas can show.
The City Council voted 6-1 for the limits, which include no uncovered pasties or otherwise heavily exposed breasts.
The city developed the restrictions as part of a new lewd conduct ordinance after the first and only bikini barista business in Federal Way opened in May. City officials say they haven’t had problems with that business, the Pink Spot cafe, but want to prevent any problems in the future.
The council approved a first reading of the lewd conduct ordinance.
Council member Jack Dovey cast the lone dissenting vote.
“It seems to me we’re putting more laws into place than we need to,” Dovey said.
No other council members commented on the issue.
A second, final vote – considered a formality – will take place Oct. 5.
The ordinance closes a loophole in Federal Way’s code. The city’s existing indecent exposure code requires someone to be offended by the activity for a violation to occur. The new ordinance establishes objective standards that a bikini barista business could violate, even if no one is offended.
A violation would be a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.