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Asbury Park, New Jersey May Ban Bathing Suits on Boardwalk

| by Michael Allen

In Asbury Park, New Jersey, former city councilwoman Louise Murray, 74, wants a law enforced to make beachgoers put on a shirt when they’re on the boardwalk.

A Monmouth County ordinance banning people from wearing bathing suits on the boardwalk was passed more than 40 years ago. Largely forgotten, the law says: “No person clad in bathing attire shall be on the boardwalk or the public sidewalks adjacent thereto.”

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Murray told WCBS 880 on Tuesday that when she was younger “you could not go on that boardwalk unless you had a cover-up and shoes.”

“Do you really want to be sitting in a restaurant and seeing somebody come up half-dressed? We all can’t be Sports Illustrated and we all can’t be GQ’s. I had my day, the window’s obviously closed, but even at my best day I never walked in a bar in a bathing suit.”

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Murray, chairwoman of the local Republican party, asked the city council at a meeting last week to start enforcing the law, which comes with a fine of up to $2,000, 90 days in jail and community service for violators.

City Manager Terry Reidy said in response: “Since it is a law in the books, that needs to be revisited. We’re not going to start arresting them or throwing them off the boardwalk. I think it’s something we really just have to look at.”