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Wildwood City Commissioners pass saggy pants ban

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WILDWOOD -

Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. and Wildwood City commissioners voiced their support and unanimously passed the saggy pants ordinance.

"It’s basically a decency thing,” said Mayor Troiano.

“We want people to come down and enjoy their time. We don't want them to have a bad experience here."

Mayor Troiano says he has received nothing but praise for the ordinance, from the city and around the country.

For residents in attendance, they feel the ordinance was something that was needed on the boardwalk for a long time.

"I think we all feel there's a large difference between freedom of expression and indecent exposure. This is both indecent and inappropriate. I don't think there are any families, myself or children that need to bare witness to this," said resident Reginald Byrne.

City officials say they will not be chasing after people violating the law and that violators will have the chance to adjust their clothing before a fine is issued.

Still, for some on the boardwalk, they say the city has gone too far.

"I'm honestly not a big fan of it,” said Eric Michalski of Pittsburgh.

“I feel like people should be able to wear whatever they want, especially hanging around the beach. I feel like they should wear whatever they like."

And while the new ordinance may gain both support and criticism, the mayor believes the city acted in the best interest of the community.

"We believe in what we are doing. If nobody else ever does it, that's okay. The commissioners of the city of wildwood think that this is the right thing for this community," said Mayor Troiano.

The new ordinance will be published next week and will take affect twenty days later. City officials anticipate the ordinance finally going to affect sometime this July.

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