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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.”

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.”