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Wildwood Considers Banning Baggy Pants On Boardwalk

Shirts Would Also Be Required Between 8 P.M. And 5 A.M.
Baggy Pants (credit: CBS 2)

Baggy Pants (credit: CBS 2)

WILDWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) –Taking the wild out of Wildwood.

Officials are considering rules that would require visitors to pull up their pants, put on a shirt and wear shoes while on Wildwood’s boardwalk.

The proposed regulations are in an ordinance scheduled for a vote on June 12.

The baggy pants measure requires the waist band of pants, shorts, swimsuits, and skirts to be no lower than 3 inches below the waist to prevent the exposure of skin or underwear.

“I don’t need to know if a guy wears Fruit of the Looms or boxers or briefs,” Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg. “Pull your pants up, we’re not here to look at your rear end.”

Shirts would also be required between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

“We’re just trying to bring some decency to the boardwalk,” Troiano said.

Troiano said the ordinance is designed to maintain the boardwalk’s family-friendly appeal.

“We’re going to be nice about it, we’re not going to be like a gestapo. If they don’t want to do it or they challenge us, then they’ll be asked to leave the boardwalk,” Troiano said.

“This is for everybody,” Troiano added. “If you’re 80 years old, you want your butt hanging out, it’s not going to happen in Wildwood.”

The proposed regulations state:

– Foot protection, which may include shoes, sneakers or flip-flops that adequately protect one’s feet from wood or nails protruding from the surface of the boardwalk, must be worn at all times.

– A shirt which covers the breast and/or pectoral area must be worn after 8 p.m. until 5 a.m.

– The waist band of shorts, swim-trunks, pants and/or skirts shall not be worn more than 3 inches below the wearer’s waist — interpreted to mean at a level below the crest of the ilium, so as to expose either skin or garment underneath — at any time.

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