A Georgia beach owner says the state agency he is accused of running banned him for his opposition to the state’s tanning ban.
Gregory Soto says he was ordered to stop using tanning booths in the Athens-Fayetteville metropolitan area, but he believes the state of Georgia’s health and safety commission has no legal authority to ban him from operating a business.
State health inspectors in February banned Soto for violating the state health code.
Soto has filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the ban, but the lawsuit is still pending.
“I’m trying to make a living,” Soto told the Associated Press on Monday.
“I’m not making a living off tanning.
Soto is suing the state and the Health and Safety Commission over the ban.”
It’s not my business what I’m doing, it’s my state that is banning me from doing my job.”
Soto is suing the state and the Health and Safety Commission over the ban.
The Health and Quality Services Commission, which regulates the health care industry, said the state has no authority to regulate tanning businesses, and that it was not issuing the order to stop Soto.
The commission did not respond to a request for comment from AP on Monday, but Soto said it is unconstitutional to ban a business from operating, saying the state is trying to shut him down.
“We’re a business,” he said.
“We have people who come to our businesses to work, and we have people that come to work and then they go to the beach and go to their homes.
Sotos said he was contacted by the state in February and told to stop running tanning shops in the state. “
But it’s not about a business.”
Sotos said he was contacted by the state in February and told to stop running tanning shops in the state.
He said the health inspectors contacted him in March and told him he would be required to close his business.
Soto has not returned calls seeking comment.
The Georgia Department of Health said Soto could face fines and other consequences if he is found to have violated the state law, including fines of up to $25,000.
Sotos says he has been barred from using tanneries and he has not had any business in the county since March.
He is appealing the ban to the federal court.
The Associated Press