Mayor Trying To Bring 'Decency' To Boardwalk

WILDWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey beach town has yet to write a ticket for anyone violating its saggy pants ordinance, which took effect over the July Fourth holiday weekend.

The rule prohibits anyone on the Wildwood boardwalk from wearing shorts, swimsuits, pants or skirts more than 3 inches below the waist.

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The measure also requires people to wear foot protection at all times and shirts between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. had said the regulations are aimed at bringing “decency to the boardwalk.”

“They say it’s a fashion statement and this is America and they have the right to dress how they want,” Troiano said of those who wear their pants low. “Well, I have the right to decency. My right is not to have to look at your (rear end) if I don’t want to. I find that offensive. Go somewhere else and do it, and for every one person I lose, I’ll gain 10 more who will be glad.”

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Fines start at $25.

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