Jersey Shore town set to vote on 'dress code'

Saggy pants, bare feet could be banned on boardwalk

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A New Jersey shore town is set to vote on whether or not to ban saggy pants on its boardwalk.

Mayor Ernest Troiano Jr. said Wildwood, a popular beach town, has been inundated with complaints from tourists about young people "sagging" their shorts and pants, reports the Associated Press. Troiano Jr. pointed out that Wildwood depends on money from tourists to survive.

The law being voted on would ban anyone on the boardwalk from wearing pants that sag more than 3 inches below the hips, exposing either skin or underwear. The proposed ordinance would also require shoes and shirts on the boardwalk.

"When you have good families who call you up and say, 'I've been coming here 20 years, 30 years, 40 years and I'm not going to any longer because I'm not going to subject my children or my parents or grandparents to seeing some kid walk down the boardwalk with their butt hanging out,' you have to do something," he said.

The proposed Wildwood law would set fines of $25 to $100 for a first offense and $200 for subsequent offenses. Having to do 40 hours of community service is also a possibility.

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