A Ocean City Town Councilman is tired of the ruckus on his town's iconic boardwalk, and he thinks a crackdown on saggy pants might be just the thing to calm it down.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Brent Ashley, who has served on Ocean City's council since 2010, wants to enact a dress code on the boardwalk in an attempt to return the tourist attraction to "decency."
Ashley, who also once served as the president of Ocean City's Chamber of Commerce, wants to fine people $25 for wearing their pants lower than 3 inches from their waistline.
"We've had some problems here on the boardwalk in June, with some thugs, some hoodlums, that kind of thing," he told the Sun. "I'm not going to let anybody take over our town."
Increases in crime and complaints in Ocean City as the summer months arrive aren't new. The Salisbury Daily Times reports that crimes generally begin to spike in June.
Dwayne Taylor’s pants are riding a little low, but he says it’s his business.
“It’s freedom,” he says. “You’re supposed to express yourself how you want.”
Brooks Twist likes to show the top few inches of his boxers.
“I mean, I feel like I’m OK,” he says.
It's fashion for them, but a problem for Ashley. He sees a correlation with declining resort business and an influx of droopy pants.
“If you dress that mentality and you act that mentality, to me it’s basically a thug mentality, and we don’t want any thugs here in Ocean City,” Ashley says.
Plenty of vacationers think it’s a good idea.
“I don’t want to see anybody’s underwear,” says David Stolva. “Anybody want to see mine? I don’t think so. I don’t want to see mine!”
A dress code on a popular city beach is nothing new. Last month, the government of Wildwood, N.J., one of the most popular vacation spots on the New Jersey Shore, proposed a very similar regulation, according to the Courier-Post.
Wildwood's dress code also requires visitors to wear shoes and a shirt that covers the chest between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.