Next time you go to the beach in Asbury Park, you may need to cover up before you enter the boardwalk.
Last week, Louise Murray, a former Asbury Park councilwomen and the current chairperson of the city’s Republican Party, spoke during the town’s council meeting to raise the issue of a long forgotten ordinance still on the books. The ordinance, enacted in 1958, states that “no person clad in bathing attire shall be on the boardwalk or the public walks adjacent thereto.”
“I’ll be darned if I want to be standing at a bar and have somebody slither up in a Speedo or bikini that shouldn’t be in a bathing suit,” Murray said, according to the Asbury Park Sun. “It’s disgraceful … I implore you to enforce this, but do not amend it.”
The ordinance, which is no longer enforced, would penalize violators with up to a $2,000 fine, 90 days in jail, or community service.
So Patch asks its readers, should this ordinance be enforced? Is it indecent to be walking around a boardwalk in a skimpy bikini or Speedo? Or is this socially acceptable in this generation and this is an archaic ordinance that needs to be struck?
Vote below and let us know in the comments.