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OC Council To Discuss Possible Ordinance On Boardwalk Decency

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Imagine getting slapped with a fine for wearing "saggy pants," or not having proper footwear on the boardwalk.

That is exactly what Ocean City leaders are planning to discuss, and some vacationers we spoke to are heated.

"You buy your clothes you should be able to wear them any way you want to wear them," said Allen Spangler, a vacationer in Ocean City, MD.

The idea came from Wildwood, New Jersey, after they passed a decency ordinance for the boardwalk. It bans anyone over the age of 12 from wearing their pants more than three inches below the waist.

Ocean City Council Member Brent Ashley expects a positive reaction from the proposed ordinance.

"I think most people want a decent environment for a vacation so I expect no backlash at all on this."

Despite some concerns, most of the folks we spoke to said they liked the idea.

"It may be the in thing to do but everybody in the world can see your underwear and that's not cool," said Jordan Sable, a vacationer in Ocean City, MD.

After what seems like a recent increase in crime in Ocean City, many feel that something needs to be done.

"We all realize there's a problem here. We all get the complaint emails," said Ashley. "The families that are afraid to come to the city because of the violence that's happening."

The ordinance in Wildwood also requires ages 12 and older to wear shorts and shoes on the boardwalk, and city council members plan to talk about the proposal at their next work session. Because first amendment rights may be at stake, Mayor Rick Meehan said the ordinance could cause a debate.

"I do understand concerns but there are also individuals rights as well so I think it's a big issue."

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