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June 13, 2013

NJ town OKs boardwalk ban on saggy pants

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WILDWOOD, N.J. —

Bathing suits are already prohibited for both sexes on the Wildwood boardwalk, unless covered up by other clothing.

City Commissioner Pete Byron said the city is not trying to be the fashion police.

"There's a line that gets crossed between being a fashion statement and being obnoxious," he said. "Families can feel threatened."

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey has declined to take a position on the law, but other ACLU chapters around the country have said such laws are unconstitutional.

Troiano said he hopes no one will have to be cited by police for violating the ordinance. Rather, he said, a well-placed word from an officer should suffice to convince boardwalk patrons with overly low-slung jeans to hike them up.

Police Chief Steven Long said his officers will respond appropriately when they see violations.

"The ultimate goal is compliance," he said. "We're just trying to make the city a better place to visit."

"The city is not going to be out hunting these kids down," the mayor said. "We're not going to be out there with a tape measure. But we know what's right and not right. If we don't make an attempt to clean our town up, who's going to?"

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