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'Saggy Pants Law' Sparks Confrontation In Ocean City

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Ocean City Councilman Brent Ashley doesn't want to see any saggy pants on the boardwalk.
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Ocean City Councilman Brent Ashley doesn't want to see any saggy pants on the boardwalk.

Tempers flared in Ocean City between councilmembers during a debate about the proposed ordinance known as the "saggy pants law." The majority of the council seems poised to avoid foolish fashion follies, and focus rather on its new Walk Smart pedestrian safety campaign.

Councilman Brent Ashley's quest to pass a law in Ocean City that would require everyone on the boardwalk to wear their pants within three inches of their waistline sparked a nasty back and forth with Mayor Rick Meehan and Council President Lloyd Martin this week.

Martin accused Ashley's saggy pants proposal of being merely a move to try and get himself on television and in the paper by stirring up controversy during the busiest time of the year.

The mayor, though, treaded lightly around the discussion, despite its harsh tone, warning Ashley that this law could be perceived by some as racially insensitive.

"Yes, we have some issues I think we have to address," Meehan said. "And I think they are a little bit bigger than what someone is wearing."

That bigger issue is pedestrian safety, as there have been two fatalities and dozens of injuries from people being struck by motorists in the past year alone.

Meehan believes the Walk Smart Campaign is the first big step in the battle to bring down those numbers.

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