OCEAN CITY, Md. – The Ocean City Council and mayor held a special session Saturday to pass emergency legislation banning public nudity.
Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said the ordinances clarify that “we will not allow women to be topless on our beach or on any public property within city limits,” in the wake of controversy after the Ocean City beach patrol was told not to address topless bathers.
The city later clarified that police can still enforce public nudity and affirmed that Ocean City would not “become a topless beach.”
“The Ocean City Council has passed local legislation after a woman expressed her desire to be bare-chested on Ocean City’s beach. The woman, an advocate to ‘normalize bare-chestedness,’ believes it is her constitutional right under equal protection to be bare-chested in public,” said Ocean City government in a statement after Saturday’s vote