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NJ town approves boardwalk ban on saggy pants

In a June 6, 2013 photo, a young man wears saggy pants on the Wildwood, N.J. boardwalk. Wildwood is set to pass a law Wednesday, June 12, 2013 regulating how people dress on its boardwalk, including a prohibition on pants that sag more than 3 inches below the hips, exposing either skin or underwear. Mayor Ernest Troiano said Wildwood has been inundated with complaints from tourists upon whose money the popular beach town depends for its survival. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

In a June 6, 2013 photo, a young man wears saggy pants on the Wildwood, N.J. boardwalk. Wildwood is set to pass a law Wednesday, June 12, 2013 regulating how people dress on its boardwalk, including a prohibition on pants that sag more than 3 inches below the hips, exposing either skin or underwear. Mayor Ernest Troiano said Wildwood has been inundated with complaints from tourists upon whose money the popular beach town depends for its survival. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

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WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Wearing your pants too low in one New Jersey shore resort town is about to get expensive.

Wildwood has passed a law banning overly saggy pants, providing for fines of between $25 and $200 for violators.

The law was passed Wednesday. It prohibits pants that droop 3 inches below the waist, exposing skin or underwear.

Mayor Ernest Troiano (troy-AHN’-oh) says many longtime visitors to the popular shore town have complained about having to look at people’s rear ends “hanging out” while walking the boardwalk.

Civil libertarians say the law is unconstitutional and likely will be overturned if it’s challenged in court.

The ban takes effect July 2 and applies only to the boardwalk.

Associated Press

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