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POLL: Are Bikinis Too Skimpy for the Boardwalk?

A former Asbury Park councilwoman wants an old ordinance enforced on the boardwalk. Is she right?

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.

elizabeth disbrow July 01, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Just my opinion but I believe you should be able to wear your bikini on the boardwalk,and beach. As for bars let them decide their policy and whether bikinis should be allowed or not. If they dont't mind and they allow it then maybe people who don't agree should go to a different bar. I do agree its 2012, your going to see alot of more "skimpy" clothing, but we do not need bikini police on patrol.
Jay on Charlton Street July 01, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Louise sounds like a lot of fun.
june July 02, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Just put on a coverup when not on the beach - is that so difficult?
body to die for July 02, 2012 at 03:56 PM
The Republican party chair of the city would like to dictate what people can and can't do. Sounds like Scotch Plains.
Juannna July 18, 2012 at 07:38 PM
moving on....

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