Key West, Florida – An estimated 100,000 visitors to Key West each year come here for the spa treatments.
But a group of activists have launched a petition to make Key West a safer destination.
In the petition, the group asks the city to change the name of the Key West Massage Center to “The Key West Hotel.”
The petition has garnered more than 300 signatures.
The petition asks for the city of Key West to rename the Key WEST Massage and Spa Treatment Center as The Key West Hotels & Spa.
“The spa treatments are being conducted by the hotel and that is a violation of the city charter and the laws of Florida, and that violates the First Amendment of the United States Constitution,” said attorney Joe Lopes.
“The city should revoke the naming rights of the hotel.
This is not about saving a dollar, this is about the right to privacy.””
This petition is meant to raise awareness of what the city is doing, and to get the city, city staff and city council to do something about it,” said Lopes, who is also a member of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.
The city of Port St. Lucie also has an ordinance against the use of the name “Hotels & Spas.”
However, the ordinance says the city can name the building after the hotel or spa if it’s an integral part of the town’s identity.
The city says the name would be inappropriate for a non-profit, non-commercial building and the name must be descriptive.
In Florida, a hotel or a spa cannot discriminate against a person based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, veteran’s status or genetic information.
In Key West in March, a woman filed a complaint with the state of Florida alleging that a woman at the Key Western Massage Spa had been harassed and assaulted by two employees.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said the woman, a transgender woman, was repeatedly made to perform oral sex on two men who were at the spa.
The woman says the two men used a towel to perform the acts and that the women told them to stop.
She also said the women had been subjected to other inappropriate acts by male employees.
In the complaint, the woman said she was assaulted at the hotel while at the same time, she was able to call police.